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Foreign affairs chair launches EU probe
An inquiry into the costs and benefits of Britain’s membership of European Union is a priority for the Foreign Affairs Committee, its newly-elected chair Crispin Blunt MP told Embassy magazine ahead of the launch...

Perfect pick for new FCO chief
The London Diplomatic Corps has welcomed the appointment of Sir Simon McDonald as Permanent Under-Secretary (PUS) at the FCO...

Kosovo Ambassador with X Factor
British pop icon and X-Factor judge Rita Ora was appointed an honorary ambassador of Kosovo by the country’s President during her a recent official visit to the UK.


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

HE Mr Thordur Oskarsson

"Iceland was able to devaluate its currency easily and we weren’t stuck within a monetary system like in the eurozone... In essence we exported ourselves out of this mess... It is difficult for us to comprehend how quickly the recovery has happened"

HE Mr Yackoley Johnson

"The vision of President Faure Gnassingbe is for Togo to be outward looking and open to all countries – especially those that are key to its development, notably Britain"


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

Africa Day
Azerbaijan – Republic Day
Bahamas – Independence Day
Consular Corps Cruise
Croatia – Independence Day
Diplomatic Club Party
Embassy Education Conference 2015
Georgia – Independence Day
Latin American Investment Forum
Mozambique – 40th Anniversary of Independence
Slovenia – National Day
Swiss Cultural Fund’s Friendship and Love Summer Concert
US – Independence Day

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


Twist to Wikileaks asylum saga
The plan of Swedish prosecutors to question Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at the Embassy of Ecuador – bringing to an end his...

Embassy slams FCO in visa row
The Russian Embassy has accused the Foreign Office of a “flagrant violation” of its international obligations by delaying the extension...

FCO in talks over tax-free fuel card
Waiting months for VAT refunds on petrol purchases could become a thing of the past for diplomats with the introduction of a duty-free...

Outstanding congestion charge bill nears £90m
London’s embassies owe £84 million in unpaid congestion charges Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has told Parliament...

Behind the scenes at Number 10
For the select group of consuls visiting 10 Downing Street this summer it was like entering Dr Who’s Tardis – behind the famous black door...


Nuclear deal speeds Iran Embassy opening
Iran and Britain aim to re-open their embassies towards the end of the year, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said following the...

Reshuffle of top UK envoys
It’s been a game of musical chairs at the FCO following the election with some heavyweight mandarins changing posts...


New Visitor Victim Service
The newly-launched International Visitors Victim Service gave a talk to consular staff at an event hosted by the Canadian High Commission...

Consuls key to combating slavery
Consuls are in the frontline of efforts to tackle modern slavery, Britain’s first AntiModern Slavery Commissioner told the Consular Corps...

Tracing missing foreign nationals in the UK
One person is recorded as missing every two minutes in the UK consuls learned at a Consular Corps Missing People seminar hosted...

Rise in forced adoption of migrant children alarms consuls
Consuls have urged child protection services in England to work with them as concerns grow over increasing numbers of migrant children...

VFS Global reaches 100 million visas
Outsourcing giant VFS Global reached a milestone at the end of May, processing 100 million visa applications – as many as the entire...

UKVI briefs education attachés on student visa policy
International students enrolling at British universities this summer face a raft of new student visa rules, education attachés heard at a talk...


All Hands on Deck!
The YDL set sail for summer with a boat trip down the Thames. The weather was typically English but the Young Diplomats...

Press club visits
London’s association for press attachés (DPAAL) arranged a series of site visits in the run-up to summer including a tour of BBC’s Broadcasting...

Elect woman for Commonwealth SG
The wife of the Prime Minister of Belize has called on Commonwealth heads of government to elect a woman Secretary General...

Science Club gets a reboot
The London Diplomatic Science Club is back with a bang. A Big Bang. Elizabeth Stewart spoke to its new chairperson Aniko Dobi-Rozsa...


TFL chief calls for tax devolution
London’s departing transport commissioner has called for more of the taxes raised in London to be retained by the city’s authorities...

FCO Chief Economist at YDL
Shamik Dhar, who heads the FCO’s economic unit, set out to YDL members the risks facing the global economy that are shaping...

Foreign Policy of Geo-economics
The AERL hosted a talk at the Swiss Embassy by Mark Leonard, co-founder of the European Council on Foreign Relations, on the...

International Festival of Business
The AERL, in cooperation with Council of British Chambers of Commerce was given a presentation by Chris Heyes, Head of International...


Staying safe over the summer holidays
Don’t let opportunist criminals cast a shadow over your summer fun. David Varney of the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection (PaDP)...


Blissfully above the fray
Watching scenes of migrants camped out in Calais reminded me of an inspiring lecture given by Albanian Ambassador Mal Berisha...

8th Annual Embassy Induction Seminar for newly arrived diplomats and their families 2015

Date: Friday 16 October 2015
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 2015 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: 27 November 2015
Time: 12:00 - 18:00
Venue: Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place. St James's Street, London SW1A 1LR

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Embassy Event Expo 2016

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

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