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Diplomats mourn Liberian Ambassador
Envoys have been paying tributes to the Liberian Ambassador, Rudolf von Ballmoos, who died of a heart attack last week, media reports say...

Consular Special Report
The UK is one of the most demanding consular posts in the world. Consuls have to assist large migrant communities, issue high volumes of visas and keep pace with tighter immigration policies in a politically charged atmosphere. The Embassy Consular Conference brought consuls together with policy makers and experts to find better ways to help their nationals in need.

Immigration Bill 2016

Resettling Syrian refugees
Cloud ahead for legalisation?
Protecting children across borders
New horizons for passports
New British Passport – secure by design
The future of visas is biometric

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

Austria
HE Mr Martin Eichtinger

"The Austrian government is strongly in favour of fair burden sharing and for each EU country taking a quota. It’s about solidarity but it is also sensible because if you spread out the asylum seekers, integration is more manageable"

Costa Rica
HE Mr Enrique Castillo

"After the global financial crisis our traditional donors closed the funding tap. So we need to work smart and to look for win-win outcomes, such as investment and knowledge transfer"

Singapore
HE MS Foo Chi Hsia

"Trade is our history, our lifeline, our future... We are working carefully behind the scenes so that both the TPP and RCEP work in parallel and the hope is they will eventually converge to a free trade area of the Asia-Pacific"

COURT CIRCUIT

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

CFAB Afternoon Tea
Dpaal: Christmas Party
Embassy Consular Conference 2015
Kazakhstan – Independence Day
Laos – Independence Day
Latvia – National Day
Lebanon – Independence Day
Mexico – Year of Mexico in the UK
Tunisia – Nobel Prize Celebration
Turkey – Republic Day
Turkmenistan – Neutrality Day
UAE – Martyrs' Day
YDL – Christmas Party

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CONSULAR NEWS

Huge ‘Books for Prisons’ response
It’s the season for giving and this Christmas foreign national offenders at Maidstone Prison will receive the gift of a foreign language library...

CCL Committee 2016 elected
At the Consular Corps AGM Christiaan Sys, Belgian Vice Consul, was elected for a second term as President. Re-elected on to the...

Support for visitor victims in London
The holiday period is a busy time for consuls who may be called on to aid their citizens visiting London, so they welcomed the opportunity...

CLUB NEWS

WDS Festive Holiday Tea
Women diplomats met for a Festive Tea at the Corinthia Hotel where they brainstormed ideas for 2016 and lucky Stanislava Rumyantseva...

Christmas with SINners...
London Diplomatic Science Club chair Aniko Dobi Rozsa invited LDSC members for a festive feast at the Hungarian Embassy...

ECONOMIC NEWS

UK small firms divided over BREXIT
UK small businesses are narrowly in favour of Britain remaining inside the EU, but one third say they lack the knowledge to make an informed...

Lessons in enterprise
AERL members got an inspirational masterclass in entrepreneurship from the Chairman of Cobra Beer, Lord Bilimoria, at a meeting at the..

CORPS NEWS

Season's Greeting from the Marshall
The Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps Alistair Harrison reflects on a busy end to 2015 and the very sad passing of a respected membe...

On the Fringes
with Elizabeth Stewart
At the start of 2015 we saw in the Year of the Goat and the Chinese sages told us this would mean a “year of compromise”....

POLITICAL NEWS

Bombs don’t kill ideology says envoy
On the occasion to mark the winning of the Nobel Prize for Peace by the ‘National Dialogue Quartet’ of four civil society groups in Tunisia...

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Embassy Management Seminar 2016

Date: Wednesday 4 March 2016
From: 13:30 - 18:00
Venue: The Rembrandt, 11 Thurloe Place SW7 2RS

Senior officials in charge of running their embassies will meet with government agencies, local authorities and trusted service providers to discuss how best to manage an efficient, secure and sustainable diplomatic mission in London.

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Embassy Event Expo 2016

Date: Friday 15 April 2016
From: 14:00 - 18:00
Venue: InterContinental London Park Lane, One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, W1J 7QY

This is the must-attend expo for all embassy event organisers to help plan their programme, whether it’s a VIP visit, trade show and delegation, investment conference, cultural exhibition or gala diplomatic reception. FREE entry for diplomats.

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Embassy Education Conference 2016

Date: Tuesday 19 July 2016
From: 11:00 - 18:00
Venue: King's College London, Strand, WC2R 2LS

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. FREE entry for diplomats.

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8th Annual Embassy Induction Seminar for newly arrived diplomats and their families 2016

Date: Friday 21 October 2016
From: 09:00 - 18:00
Venue: No 11 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0AN

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

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Embassy Consular Conference 2016 Helping consuls help their citizens

The Embassy Consular Conference aims to help consuls under pressure. If you are a Consul this event is a must for you and it is totally FREE.

Date: November 2016
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