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This week at the Foreign Office

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

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This week the Foreign Secretary announced assistance to the National Transitional Council in Libya, and the expansion of the UK diplomatic team in Benghazi. Development Secretary announced plans to provide emergency evacuations and medical aid for Libya.

He called on security forces in Syria to exercise maximum restraint following reports of further deaths and casualties on Tuesday.

On Tuesday he sent best wishes to the Jewish community in his Passover message. Today he sent a message to those celebrating Easter saying that thoughts are with “all those who are denied the right to freedom of religion”.

The Foreign Secretary remains concerned at events in Bahrain and on Thursday he called on Bahraini authorities to respect the right to peaceful protest.

Minister for human rights policy Jeremy Browne answered questions from the public on Human Rights and Democracy report via video.

Our High Commission in Canada talked to Canadian paralympic swimmer Elisabeth Walker-Young as the countdown to the 2012 Paralympic Games reached 500 days.

Injured soldier Major Al Jarvis ran 26 miles with body armour in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan to raise money for Combat Stress.

The Foreign Office has now checked in to Foursquare to keep people up to date with travel information while they are on the move.

Over one million Britons are planning to travel abroad for stag and hen parties this year. The Foreign Office warned of some of the problems that British nationals have found themselves in while celebrating a stag or hen party abroad.

As Clarence House announced that the Royal Wedding will be livestreamed on YouTube, our Embassies around the world prepare to celebrate the day.

Published 22 April 2011