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  • December 11, 2017

    South Korea should be both an opportunity and an inspiration

    Mark wrote the below piece for City AM following his recent visits to South Korea in his capacity as Minister for Asia and the Pacific. You can find the piece on City AM’s website by clicking here ———————————— It was snowing as I touched down in Seoul in November for my second visit in three […]
  • December 8, 2017

    Positive Progress for Brexit Negotiations and the Securing of Citizens’ Rights

    As I am sure you are no doubt already aware, this morning, Theresa May and the President of the EU Commission, Jean-Claude Junker, issued a joint report on the progress they have made on the three areas covered in the first phase of our Brexit negotiations: citizens’ rights, Northern Ireland, and the financial settlement, and […]
  • November 29, 2017

    Westminster Hall debate on the Rohingya Crisis

    In his role as Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for Asia and the Pacific, Mark yesterday responded on behalf of the Government to a Westminster Hall debate regarding the ongoing Rohingya crisis. Mark’s response to the debate can be found below and if you would like to review the entirety of […]
  • November 21, 2017

    Speech to 13th Asian-European (ASEM) Meeting in Naypyidaw, Burma

    It is an honour to represent the UK at this ASEM Foreign Ministers’ meeting. It is a particular pleasure to see a democratically-elected leader of Myanmar in the Chair. Myanmar’s path towards peace and democracy has been long and difficult. Major challenges remain. The UK is proud to have been a consistent advocate for human […]
  • November 7, 2017

    Westminster Street Population Summit

    Cllr Nickie Aiken yesterday chaired a roundtable meeting of numerous local stakeholders including councillors, officials from the Council itself, the Metropolitan Police, local service providers and charities and local businesses to address the pressing issue of rough sleeping and begging, especially in relation to increasing reports of anti-social behaviour in Westminster. We also discussed this […]
  • October 13, 2017

    Brexit is a chance for Britain to embrace ASEAN relations

    Mark wrote the below piece on strengthing UK-ASEAN ties for today’s City AM. As the UK prepares for formal exit from the EU, it’s important to position ourselves to maximise new opportunities. I share the positive and optimistic outlook for a global free trading Britain, and have set out the Prime Minister’s vision on trips […]
  • September 8, 2017

    Say NO to illegal wildlife products!

    In his role at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mark wrote the below piece which featured in the VnExpress, a Vietnamese publication, with his thoughts on the work to be done tackling the illegal wildlife trade. The original piece can be found by clicking here. ______________________________________________________________ The illegal wildlife trade is an urgent problem. A […]
  • September 5, 2017

    Urgent Question on recent violence in Rakhine

    As the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister for Asia and the Pacific, Mark responded on behalf of the Government to an Urgent Question raised in the House following the recent violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar (Burma). You can find the full debate in Hansard by clicking here. Mark’s opening statement in response to the Urgent […]
  • July 5, 2017

    Westminster Hall debate on the Commemoration of the Srebrenica Genocide

    Mark responded on behalf of the Government to a Westminster Hall debate regarding the Srebrenica genocide commemoration. Mark’s contribution to the debate as the responding Minister from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is pasted below. If you would like to read the full debate, you can do so by following this by clicking here   The Minister for […]
  • July 4, 2017

    Westminster Hall debate on Persecution of Christians and the Role of UK Embassies

    In his new role as Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mark responded on behalf of the Government to a Westminster Hall debate regarding the persecution of Christians and the role of UK embassies around the world. Mark’s response to the debate can be found below and if you would like to review […]