Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The department of the British government responsible for advising on and executing foreign policy and matters related to the Commonwealth of Nations (which primarily consists of former territories of the British Empire). It also has an administration role in British overseas territories. It was created in its current form in 1968 but traces its origins to 1782. The chancellor of the exchequer is appointed by the monarch on the advice of the prime minister.
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That same day, the Commonwealth Relations Office sent a flash-precedence message to British embassies that Britain would seek an emergency meeting of the Security Council to obtain UN authority to use force to stop vessels carrying oil to Beira.
Wright (Cabinet Office) to Commonwealth Relations Office, 16 February 1966, CAB 164/68.
Commonwealth Relations Office to Wellington, New Zealand, 10 March 1966, CAB 164/26 (enclosing the prime minister's message to Holyoake).
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