Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

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Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The head of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He/she advises the government on foreign policy and matters related to the Commonwealth of Nations (which primarily consists of former territories of the British Empire). He/she is also responsible for British overseas territories. The foreign secretary is appointed by the monarch on the advice of the prime minister.
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The Foreign Secretary said the leader of Pakistan deserved the credit for evolving consensus and unity to fight the terrorists and emphasized the need for better and effective cooperation and coordination at global level to tackle the menace of extremism and terrorism.
The Foreign Secretary underscored the crucial role of the international community in helping to bring about a sustainable and lasting solution to this issue.
The Foreign Secretary highlighted the Government s focus on pursuing the goal of economic prosperity for the people of Pakistan.
Upon his visit to (LMRA) the Foreign Secretary said "We are looking for strengthening cooperation with Kingdom of Bahrain at the labour level, and all various levels through our newly opened Embassy, expressing his admiration and appreciation for such systems and policies.
The Foreign Secretary noted the Egyptian government's stated commitment to the political roadmap published on July 4, based on dialogue between all parties who accepted peaceful political processes.
He said that the exchange of goodwill messages between the leadership of the two countries needed to be carried forward and he looked forward to working closely with the Indian Foreign Secretary in addressing all issues of mutual concern.
The Foreign Secretary met with President of the Republic Michel Sleiman, Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri.
It is the first time a British Foreign Secretary has visited Burma in 50 years and is being viewed as further step towards improving international relations following years of hardline military rule.
Those occupying the office of Foreign Secretary in the century and a half covered in this book had more freedom of action than did their successors, who often found themselves overshadowed by 'summit' conferences attended by heads of governments and by the intellectual constraints of the 'sound bite'.
On Tuesday the foreign secretary met with leading figures from the interim government, including Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi and International Cooperation Minister Mohamed Nouri Jouini.
Addressing a joint conference with Pakistani Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir at the Foreign Office, Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said the two countries have been expressing commitment to a serious, sustained and comprehensive dialogue to get fragile relations back on track and deny terrorists space to derail the reconciliation process.
BUSINESS secretary and former Hartlepool MP Peter Mandelson could be promoted to foreign secretary next month as part of a cabinet reshuffle.
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