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This week at the Foreign Office

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A look at news from the Foreign Office and its embassies overseas this week.

The Foreign Secretary travelled to Afghanistan this week to attend the Kabul International Conference. While there he answered your questions on Twitter. He laid a statement in parliament on the conference outcomes and the progress in Afghanistan.

In his first trip to the US as Prime Minister, David Cameron met US president Barack Obama and discussed Afghanistan, sustained economic recovery, BP’s responsibilities following the oil spill and the release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi. He then travelled to New York City to promote British business.

Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne made his first visit to South East Asia, visiting Thailand, Hong Kong, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Following on from discussions earlier in the week with Zimbabwe’s Education, Sports and Culture Minister David Coltart, Minister of State Lord Howell discussed reform and economic development with the Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe Professor Arthur Mutambara.

The 15th African Union Summit opened this week, the theme of the summit is Maternal Infant and Child Health and Development in Africa. Foreign Office Minister Henry Bellingham is representing the British government at the summit.

Mat Whatley shared his experiences of working in the stabilisation mission in Georgia

In Travel News this week we covered strikes by French air traffic controllers and potential flight disruption caused by Typhoon Chanthu in China.

Portadown football club played in Azerbaijan. The British Embassy encouraged people to come along and show their support.