This week on the Foreign Office Global Conversations blog

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Sudan, Afghanistan and travel were amongst the topics discussed by Foreign Office bloggers

New blogger Alastair McPhail from the British Consul General in Juba, Southern Sudan said “I hope that going online will help me to meet a wide range of people interested in Southern Sudan and to have a discussion with them which allows me to learn from their experience and knowledge. I shall use this blog to air views about what is going on in Southern Sudan as it faces the many daunting challenges ahead.”

The Team Head of the Provincial Reconstruction Team Michael O’Neill based in Lashkar Gah discussed ‘progress continues under pressure in Helmand’.

Martin Uden, Ambassador to the Republic of Korea reflected on the recent visit from the Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable, Ambassador Uden noted that “that Korea will make the 10th largest contribution to global growth in the next five years. And with a per capita income of almost $30,000, Korea’s consumers are increasingly interested in the type of high-end goods offered by British companies”

Our blogger in Bucharest hosted a guest blog from Irina Ni??, Director of the Accept Association that promotes open, rational, constructive dialogue on the complexity of relations between people of same sex. Irina Nita noted in her guest blog that “When embassy’s staff join the Diversity March, when support letters are signed, when the British Ambassador is hosting a special event on the occasion of the GayFest, the message sent is strong and clear: all citizens, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity, are entitled to equal treatment, respect and dignity.”

FCO Travel published a series of blog posts highlighting the problems Britons face as they travel the world. Amongst those blogging were: