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This week at the Foreign Office

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A look at the work of the Foreign Office and its embassies overseas this week.

This week the Foreign Secretary visited Syria and met with President Assad and Foreign Minister Muallem. He discussed a range of issues including the political situation in Lebanon, the current state of the Middle East Peace Process and Iran’s nuclear programme. He also answered questions from the public via Twitter.

Violent protests continue in Egypt, we continue to monitor the situation and update our travel advice. Speaking today, the Foreign Secretary expressed concern and called for all involved to refrain from violence

On Monday a bomb exploded at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport. The Foreign Secretary issued a statement condemning the act of terrorism.

The Prime Minister attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week. In his speech he called upon European economies to act with confidence by tackling sovereign debt issues and driving enterprise, innovation and open trade.

Foreign Office Ministers Jeremy Browne and Henry Bellingham met the Colombian Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs to discuss UN matters as Colombia’s first presidency of the Security Council begins in April and UK-Colombia relations.

The British Embassy in Nepal highlighted human rights concerns in their documentary “Voices of Nepal” as the Human Rights Council start a review of Nepal’s human rights situation.

The Foreign Secretary urged an active approach to reserving the memory of the Holocaust on 24 January, Holocaust Memorial Day.

On Wednesday Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt opened an Omani jewellery exhibition at the British Museum.

British High Commissioner to Kenya Rob Macaire described security and policing as crucial issues for the country in his latest blog.