Foreign Affairs

The Government believes that Britain must always be an active member of the global community, promoting our national interests while standing up for the values of freedom, fairness and responsibility. This means working as a constructive member of the United Nations, NATO and other multilateral organisations including the Commonwealth; working to promote stability and security; and pushing for reform of global institutions to ensure that they reflect the modern world.

  • We are taking forward our shared resolve to safeguard the UK's national security and support our Armed Forces in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
  • We are pushing for peace in the Middle East, with a secure and universally recognised Israel living alongside a sovereign and viable Palestinian state. We wish to see open stable societies throughout the Middle East.
  • The Prime Minister has visited India in order to establish a new 'special relationship'. We seek closer engagement with China, while standing firm on human rights in all our bilateral relationships.
  • We are maintaining a strong, close and frank relationship with the United States.
  • We are strengthening the Commonwealth as a focus for promoting democratic values and development.
  • William Hague is the first Foreign Secretary to have visited Australia in twenty years.
  • We will continue to work to promote stability in the Western Balkans.
  • We support concerted international efforts to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Rt Hon William Hague

William is the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs. He was heavily involved in student politics and has been an MP since 1989.

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