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Category: International

  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • June 16, 2017

    The potential impact of the election result on the Brexit negotiation strategy

    Understandably, the inconclusive result of the snap General Election has led to calls from many quarters for a re-evaluation of the government’s tone and direction in the opening of formal Brexit negotiations and in the months ahead.  Following the election, I was probably the first Conservative MP to publically call for a much more compromising approach […]
  • March 30, 2017

    Bring it on: How Britain can master the long journey out of the EU

    Mark wrote the below piece following the triggering of Article 50 which appeared in today’s City AM. So little of the frenetic energy expended since the Brexit vote last summer has focused on any strategic thinking about the type of Britain that will emerge from the EU in just two years’ time. But there has […]
  • March 28, 2017

    How Brexit could benefit the City and the EU

    Mark wrote the following article which appeared in today’s Daily Telegraph. Not long after the referendum, DExEU Ministers asked the City’s leading lights to set out on two sides of A4 what they most wanted from Brexit negotiations. I am told what followed was hour upon hour of pained debate as London’s masters of finance […]
  • July 29, 2016

    Where now for the Geneva Convention?

    One of the great paradoxes of this era of globalisation is the narrowing of many Western minds about the world that lies beyond our own culture and values. For sure today’s opinion formers – and indeed the vast majority of our population – are better travelled than ever, but the dominance of US culture and […]