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Make or break time for Ukraine, says Chargé
Ukraine is fighting against “a strong and vile aggressor” the country’s Chargé d’Affaires told Embassy on the occasion of his country’s anniversary of Independence...

Work together to stop ISIL, says Iraqi Ambassador
The Islamic State/ISIS is a “dangerous force” for the entire Middle East, Iraq’s Ambassador to London has warned, saying that the region should “unite against terrorism”...

Envoys reflect on WWI centenary
Diplomatic missions across London turned their lights off and burned a solitary candle on 6 August to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War...

Austria-Hungary: European lessons from a lost Empire
The Lamplighters of London

NATO gears up to face multiple threats
A future NATO will need to adapt to cope with multiple threats from the East and South, a senior NATO official told a gathering diplomats and defence experts at Chatham House ahead of the Wales Summit...

HEADS UP

Read the latest interviews by clicking on the country below.

To read the interviews of the Ambassadors and High Commissioners based in London please click here

Azerbaijan
HE Mr Tahir Taghizade

"The epidemic of separatism is getting worse and it’s now at Europe’s doorstep...A frozen conflict can become hot very fast"

Lesotho
HE Mrs Felleng Mamakeka Makeka

"Lesotho is stable and politically mature and we are ready and ripe to take our development further"

Mexico
HE Mr Diego Gomez Pickering

"It’s going to be a thrilling year. For the first time in our 180-year relationship Britain and Mexico are dedicating, on both sides, a year to one another. This is to cherish the good relationship we have, and to take it to the next level"

South Africa
HE Mr Obed Mlaba

"We have a saying in Zulu: ‘No chief can enjoy his wealth when those on the other side of the fence are hungry"

COURT CIRCUIT

To view photos of the recent events below, please click here

Argentina – Independence Day
Chacalli – Summer Reception
Embassy Education Conference 2014
Georgia – Independence Day
Italy – National Day
Jersey Day
Jordan – National Day
Malawi – Golden Jubilee
Nepal – Republic Day
Portugal – National Day
US – Independence Day
YDL - Black and White Ball

To purchase photos please contact our photographer Pierre de Villiers - photos@embassymagazine.com

MARSHAL LORE

In the first of a regular column for Embassy Magazine, the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps Alistair Harrison outlines some of the highlights of his role that dates back 400 years

SPECIAL REPORT

Shining a light on Jersey
Kate Nutt spoke to Elizabeth Stewart about how the new Jersey Office in London plans to channel relations with the UK and the diplomatic...

CORPS NEWS

Missions mourn
MH17 tragedy Flags at diplomatic missions around London were lowered to half mast and diplomatic events paused for two minutes’ ...

Wikileaks refugee to quit mission
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has announced that he may be leaving the Ecuador Embassy “soon” without specifying a timescale for his...

GRULA changing of the guard
The Ambassador of Colombia Mr Nestor Osorio hosted a GRULA meeting where Latin American ambassadors were able to thank the departing...

US Ambassador ‘flips out’
A friendly wager saw US Ambassador Matthew Barzun and Belgian Ambassador Guy Trouveroy pitted against each other in a Great...

Fines and ‘crimes’ on the rise
London’s embassies are more in debt and their diplomats allegedly committed more serious crimes in 2013 than in 2012.

POLITICAL NEWS

Iran to re-open embassy soon
Iran and the UK will reopen embassies in both countries in the near future, the Iranian non-resident chargé, Mohammad Hassan Habibollahzadeh...

Reshuffle triggers speculation
The change of leadership at the Foreign Office over the summer left the institution reeling at a time of multiple global crises, while politicos...

Back up Gaza truce with serious talks, envoys urge
Israel and Palestine must re-start negotiations on a Two-State Solution if the latest truce is to be transformed into a lasting peace, London’s...

ECONOMIC NEWS

UK corporate structure ‘kills innovation’
The rise of the ‘ownerless’ company in Britain is inimical to innovation, economist and chair of the Big Innovation Centre Will Hutton told a...

CONSULAR NEWS

Home Office reaches out to consuls
The Home Office has assigned leaders to liaise with specific countries in a new approach to improve international cooperation in the priority...

Duty officer training workshops
Attention all duty officers: fielding consular enquiries usually means helping out with lost passports, but what do you do if it is something more serious, such as a fatality? ...

Cold-blooded smuggling
Consuls have a duty to assist nationals in distress – and for the Bahamas High Commission that includes cold-blooded Bahamians of a reptilian kind as well...

Consular plea to aid foreign prisoners in crisis
Foreign national offenders and immigration detainees are at greater risk in deteriorating conditions in UK prisons and removal centres – and...

CLUB NEWS

Keep calm and carry on
The Monarchy is an ancient, yet “forward-thinking” institution that gives continuity to the British political system, the Marshal of the Diplomatic...

Envoys should get tweeting
The BBC’s Natia Abramia gave London’s press attachés an insight into how the broadcaster uses Twitter for breaking news as well as to...

YDL brunch time stories launch
The Young Diplomats in London launched their informal gatherings with heads of mission with the High Commissioner for Singapore who...

UN official calls for more women in top public sector jobs
Prime Minister Cameron’s recent reshuffle “feminised” the cabinet but more needs to be done in Britain and globally to promote women...

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7th Annual Embassy Induction Seminar for newly arrived diplomats and their families 2014

Date: Friday 17 October 2014
From: 09:00 to 18:00
Venue: No 11 Cavendish Square, W1G OAN

The Embassy Induction Seminar is an essential introduction to diplomacy in London and is FREE for newly-arrived diplomats and their families.

The programme includes specialist workshops in various diplomatic fields and an exhibition of trusted diplomatic suppliers who can help you during your posting in London.

The event offers plenty of networking opportunities with fellow diplomats in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

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EVENTS COMING SOON...

Embassy Consular Conference 2014
Date: Friday 14 November 2014
From: 11:00 to 18:00
Venue: No 11 Cavendish Square, London W1G OAN
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Embassy Event Expo 2015
Date: Spring 2015
From: 14:00-18:00
Venue: TBC

Embassy Education Seminar 2015
This must-attend event brings together diplomats with international officers at Britain’s top universities and schools to exchange views on important issues affecting global education.
Date: Summer 2015
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