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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.

In his first visit to South America as Foreign Office Minister, Jeremy Browne visited Colombia and Chile to discuss UK business links and the environment.

Foreign Office Minister Lord Howell visited Australia & Malaysia to promote business with the UK and the future of the Commonwealth.

British Ambassador to Sweden Andrew Mitchell opened the “Golden Decade of Sports in the UK” event in Stockholm to promote tourism, trade and investment in the UK.

Ramadan began this week, the Foreign Secretary recorded a video message to mark the start of Ramadan and our staff in Morocco are publishing their own personal stories during this time too.

The Foreign Office expressed its concern after the televised confession of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani on Iranian State Television

The British High Commission in Pakistan have published information on the UK’s aid response to the floods

In a busy week for travel news we covered changes to the Russia travel advice following high temperatures and air pollution from peat and forest fires, UK, Pakistan and India helpline numbers for those concerned about British Nationals in areas affected by flooding and the new fee to enter the US.

We continue to update our advice following the announcement that holiday company Sun 4 U Ltd has gone into administration

Our embassy in Hungary produced advice for music fans travelling to the Sziget festival this week. Our embassy in Bulgaria have also published advice for those travelling to the Spirit of Burgas festival.