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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Andrea Leadsom under fire for suggesting Foreign Office should help define Islamophobia in Britain

Leader of House of Commons has implied 'British Muslims are foreigners', Labour MP says
Independent - Published

Britain urges India, Pakistan to exercise restraint after jets shot down

Britain's junior Foreign Office minister Mark Field said he will speak with Indian and Pakistani envoys on Wednesday to urge their countries to exercise restraint after both sides said they shot down..
Reuters - Published

UK says in contact with British man's lawyer after 21 Savage arrest

Britain's Foreign Office said on Monday it was in contact with the lawyer for a British man detained in the United States in response to reports U.S. immigration officials had arrested rapper 21 Savage..
Reuters - Published

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