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  1. 20,000 stranded Brits returning to the UK from South Asia on UK charter flights

    More than 20,000 British travellers, on 83 Government charter flights, will return to the UK from across South Asia by 7 May.

  2. UK announces 9 more charter flights from Pakistan to return thousands of stranded Brits

    These will include the first UK charter flight from Karachi, which will depart on 30 April, in addition to further departures from Islamabad and Lahore.   

  3. Pakistan charter flights to return thousands of stranded Brits

    Ten charter flights, organised by the UK Government, will take around 2,500 stranded British travellers from Pakistan back to the UK. 

  4. UK statement at the Global Refugee Forum

    The UK's Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Julian Braithwaite, delivers a statement to the first-ever Global Refugee Forum.

  5. One Young World event: Minister for Asia and the Pacific speech

    Minister for Asia and the Pacific Heather Wheeler gave the keynote speech at the One Young World Summit networking dinner at Lancaster House on 24 October.

  6. Change of British High Commissioner to Pakistan: Dr Christian Turner CMG

    Dr Christian Turner CMG has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in succession to Mr Thomas Drew CMG

  7. Foreign Office launches 2018 Human Rights and Democracy Report

    Thirty countries’ human rights developments are analysed in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s annual report.

  8. Pakistan: Terror group leader added to UN Sanctions list

    The UN have added the leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed to its ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida list of sanctions.

  9. The Foreign Secretary's call with Indian and Pakistan Foreign Ministers

    On 25 February, the Foreign Secretary had calls with Indian Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj and the Pakistani Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

  10. UK Minister Lord Tariq Ahmad visits Pakistan

    The Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, took part in a two-day visit to Pakistan.

  11. UK leads the charge in eradicating modern slavery

    The Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt announced new protections for vulnerable children at risk of falling prey to traffickers.

  12. Foreign Secretary hosts first Platform for Girls' Education meeting

    During his time at the UN General Assembly, Jeremy Hunt hosted the meeting with influential figures who will lobby for quality education for girls.

  13. British Home Secretary visits Pakistan, announces new anti-corruption partnership

    The British Home Secretary Sajid Javid is the first British minister to visit Pakistan since Imran Khan became Prime Minister.

  14. The UK and All of Asia, a modern partnership: Mark Field's speech

    Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field spoke at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta.

  15. Lord Ahmad's Human Rights speech

    Event to launch the 2017 Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report laid in parliament on 16 July.

  16. Foreign Secretary statement on the Pakistan election

    Statement from Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt following the election in Pakistan.

  17. Lord Ahmad publishes annual Human Rights Report 2017

    Minister for Human Rights Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, publishes the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s 2017 annual Human Rights and Democracy Report.

  18. Lord Tariq Ahmad's Eid message

    The Minister for Human Rights wishes Muslims across the world Eid Mubarak

  19. Annual Human Rights Day reception 2017: Lord Ahmad's speech

    At an event co-hosted with Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Lord Ahmad spoke on how the UK promotes and protects freedom of religion or belief around the world.

  20. Universal Periodic Review 28th session: Lord Ahmad's statement

    Lord Ahmad gave a statement to mark the end of the 28th Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the United Nations in Geneva.