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Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), commonly called the Foreign Office, or British Foreign Office, is a department of the Government of the United Kingdom. It is responsible for protecting and promoting British interests worldwide and was created in 1968 by merging the Foreign Office and the Commonwealth Office.


Iranian ambassador in UK summoned in tanker row

The Foreign Office says Iran has transferred its cargo of oil to Syria, breaching EU sanctions.
BBC News - Published

Lancashire man hurt in balcony fall in Florence, Italy

Jack Foley, from Lancashire, was taken to hospital after the fall, the Foreign Office says.
BBC News - Published

Videos for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Britain concerned at reports HK consulate worker held in China [Video]Britain concerned at reports HK consulate worker held in China

Britain said on Tuesday it was "extremely concerned" by reports that a staff member at the consulate in its former colony of Hong Kong had been detained in mainland China. Megan Revell reports.

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Pakistan says will grant consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav on Monday

Pakistan announced on Sunday that it will grant consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav on September 2. Foreign Office Spokesman Mohammad Faisal said Jadhav, 49, is being provided the consular access "in..
IndiaTimes - Published

Britain presses for information on HK consulate worker detained in China

Britain's Foreign Office continues to "urgently seek further information" about an employee of its Hong Kong consulate who was detained in China, it said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Hong Kong: British consulate staffer 'detained at China border'

The FCO says it is seeking further information from Chinese authorities.
BBC News - Published

Venezuelan activist calls on UK to back ICC referral over human rights

venezuelan activist calls on uk to back icc referral over human rights
UK foreign secretary urged to draw on experience at The Hague to hold Maduro government to account The UK foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has been urged to draw on his experience as a former Foreign..
WorldNews - Published

Amid terror threat, UK govt advises its citizens against travel to Kashmir

"The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the city of Srinagar and between the cities of Jammu and Srinagar on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway," it said.
DNA - Published

British Foreign Office calls in Iranian envoy over tanker seizure

Britain summoned the Iranian Charge d'Affaires in London after Friday's seizure of a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, the British Foreign Office said on Saturday.
Reuters - Published

Twelve arrested in Ayia Napa 'over alleged rape' of British woman

Foreign office says it is 'supporting' UK national
Independent - Published

Important new US ambassador is best person for long term relationship : UK minister

Britain's new ambassador to the United States must be the best person for the long term interests of the relationship between the two countries, junior Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan said on..
Reuters - Published

Kim Darroch has resigned. Now Britain risks becoming a vassal of the US

kim darroch has resigned. now britain risks becoming a vassal of the us
The chief of Britain’s Foreign Office does nothing casually. He is a past master at saying nothing unintended in public. So when the Foreign Office permanent secretary, Simon McDonald, went before..
WorldNews - Published

Boris Johnson faces backlash over revelation Kim Darroch quit because he refused to support him over Trump email leak

The frontrunner for PM was accused by a Foreign Office minister of 'throwing the ambassador under a bus'
Independent - Published

No evidence of hacking in UK diplomatic leak: top civil servant

There is no evidence that hacking was involved in the leaking of British diplomatic memos from London's ambassador to Washington but an investigation is ongoing, the UK's top civil servant in the..
Reuters - Published

UK says unprecedented for head of friendly state to refuse to deal with envoy

It is unprecedented for the head of a friendly state to refuse to deal with a British envoy, the UK's top Foreign Office civil servant said after a row involving U.S. President Donald Trump prompted..
Reuters - Published

UK's Johnson threw ambassador to U.S. 'under the bus': junior minister

Boris Johnson threw Britain's ambassador to Washington "under the bus" when he refused to back the envoy in his row with Donald Trump, junior Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Leaking of UK ambassador memos branding Trump White House 'inept' investigated by Foreign Office

The UK government has launched an investigation into who leaked diplomatic memos from the UK ambassador in Washington to the media.
Independent - Published

Britain says Iran must stop and reverse its nuclear activities

Iran has broken the terms of its 2015 nuclear deal and must immediately stop and reverse its activities, a spokesman for Britain's Foreign Office said on Sunday.
Reuters - Published

Leaked diplomatic cables from the UK's ambassador to the US called Trump 'inept,' 'insecure,' and 'incompetent'

leaked diplomatic cables from the uk's ambassador to the us called trump 'inept,' 'insecure,' and 'incompetent'
The United Kingdom's ambassador to the US called President Donald Trump "inept" and "incompetent" in a series of leaked diplomatic cables, the Daily Mail reported. Sir Kim Darroch's dispatches back to..
WorldNews - Published

Imran Khan, Donald Trump to hold maiden meet on July 22: Pak Foreign Office

imran khan, donald trump to hold maiden meet on july 22: pak foreign office
Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan will meet Donald Trump for the first time on July 22 and their focus will be on “refreshing” bilateral relations, which was hit after the US President publicly..
WorldNews - Published

Britain confirms envoy to Iran summoned over oil tanker seizure

Britain's Foreign Office confirmed on Thursday that its ambassador to Tehran had been summoned over the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar.
Reuters - Published

Imran Khan to meet US President Donald Trump on July 22: Pakistan Foreign Office

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will meet US President Donald Trump on July 22 and their focus will be on improving the ties between the two countries, the Foreign Office said Thursday.
DNA - Published

Chinese ambassador summoned to Foreign Office amid tension over Hong Kong

chinese ambassador summoned to foreign office amid tension over hong kong
“I will be a Prime Minister you can trust to represent us on the world stage. I want to make Britain walk tall in the world again.” One of the key pledges of Jeremy Hunt, Foreign Secretary and..
WorldNews - Published

Foreign Office calls in China ambassador over Hong Kong protests

foreign office calls in china ambassador over hong kong protests
Dispute escalated after Jeremy Hunt’s call of not using protests as ‘pretext for repression’ China’s ambassador in London has been summoned for a dressing down from the UK’s top diplomat in..
WorldNews - Published

Hong Kong protests: China says 'relationship has been damaged' with UK after interference from London

Ambassador summoned to the Foreign Office 'within the hour' - to be told his comments are 'unacceptable and inaccurate'
Independent - Published

Boris Johnson's Campaign Accused Of Violating Data Protection Laws

boris johnson's campaign accused of violating data protection laws
A minister and a former Conservative member of Parliament have asked the information watchdog to investigate whether Boris Johnson’s campaign to become party leader is breaching data protection laws,..
WorldNews - Published

Prince William and Kate to visit Pakistan in the autumn

Prince William and his wife Kate will visit Pakistan in the autumn at the request of Britain's Foreign Office, Kensington Palace said on Saturday.
Reuters - Published

Boris Johnson 'called the French "turds"' over Brexit in comment cut from BBC documentary

'I imagine that there were discussions between the Foreign Office and the Beeb saying: 'Please don't put that in... or that, or that, or that, or that'. This was perhaps one of them'
Independent - Published

Jeremy Hunt says UK will not join US in war against Iran

Tory leadership hopeful reveals Foreign Office 'very concerned about ... risks of an accidental war'
Independent - Published

British minister held 'constructive' talks with Iran on rising tensions

The British minister for the Middle East had "open, frank and constructive" talks with Iranian government representatives about rising tensions in the region during a visit to Tehran, Britain's Foreign..
Reuters - Published

U.K. lawmaker forcibly removes protester from gala

British Prime Minister Theresa May's office has suspended Foreign Office Minister Mark Field
CBS News - Published

Minister Mark Field suspended over video of him grabbing protester

minister mark field suspended over video of him grabbing protester
A government minister has been suspended while being investigated over footage showing him forcibly removing a female protester from a black-tie dinner in the City of London. Foreign Office minister..
WorldNews - Published

UK appoints first Indian-origin member, Kumar Iyer, as Chief Economist of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Kumar Iyer has been appointed by the UK government as the Chief Economist of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), making him the first Indian-origin member of the department's management board.
Firstpost - Published

Cleaning up after Boris Johnson's gaffes as foreign secretary was a 'full-time activity', Foreign Office minister says

Sir Alan Duncan says Tory leadership frontrunner's lack of diplomacy had 'quite a lot of consequences'
Independent - Published

Pakistan PM Imran Khan calls Modi, congratulates him on electoral victory

Pakistan PM Imran Khan on Sunday spoke to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and expressed his desire for both the countries to work together for the betterment of their people, the Foreign Office..
IndiaTimes - Published

British-Iranian dual nationals should not travel to Iran, Foreign Office warns

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is advising "against all travel to Iran" by British-Iranian dual nationals, according to a statement released on Friday.
Independent - Published

Asia Bibi left Pakistan of her own free will: Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesman

asia bibi left pakistan of her own free will: pakistan foreign office spokesman
ISLAMABAD: Asia Bibi left Pakistan of her own free will, said Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal on Thursday. According to Geo News, the remarks came during the weekly briefing at the Foreign..
WorldNews - Published

India delaying talks to finalise agreement to operationalise Kartarpur corridor: Pakistan

Pakistan on Thursday accused India of delaying the delegation-level talks to finalise the agreement to operationalise the Kartarpur corridor. Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said,..
IndiaTimes - Published

Saudi Arabia executions condemned as 'repulsive' and 'abhorrent' by UN, EU and UK MPs

'We really do genuinely disapprove in the strongest possible terms what has happened,' says Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan
Independent - Published

Britons among those killed in Sri Lanka attacks: UK Foreign Office

British nationals were among the more than 200 people killed in the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office said.
Reuters - Published

Post-Brexit diplomacy strategy: Foreign Office seeks butlers with knowledge of 'fine wines'

Duties include managing stock and items worth £3 million, including government's wine cellar
Independent - Published

Amal Clooney takes UK Foreign Office role

amal clooney takes uk foreign office role
The international human rights lawyer will work to defend press freedom around the world.
BBC News - Published

'No terror camps exist on 22 locations shared by India,' says Pak on Pulwama

'no terror camps exist on 22 locations shared by india,' says pak on pulwama
Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday said it has examined 22 "pin locations" shared by India but found no terror camps and claimed that there are no links to nail 54 people detained in connection with the..
WorldNews - Published

Government buys £12m luxury New York apartment for diplomat

government buys £12m luxury new york apartment for diplomat
The seven-bedroom Manhattan home "will help promote the UK", the Foreign Office says.
BBC News - Published

Trump suggestion UK invented Russia's 2016 election meddling branded 'completely false' by government

Exclusive: US president's peddling of conspiracy theory met with blunt response by Foreign Office
Independent - Published

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