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On Friday, 21 March, award-winning three-piece British vocal group Blake visited the embassy and played an informal acoustic set. The classical pop band has sold more than a million albums and performed all over the world, including twice for Her Majesty the Queen. Music is GREAT Britain!
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How young Iranians, Israelis and Arabs are working together on regional security and non-proliferation
By Chris Wright, Foreign & Security Policy Group, British Embassy Washington
Wherever you get your news from – TV, your smartphone or good old newspapers – you rarely hear good news about the Middle East. Deep divisions, ramped-up rhetoric and ceaseless conflict dominate the headlines. So when the Monterey Institute of International Studies approached us at the British Embassy about bringing together young professionals from the region to form a network to work together on non-proliferation, arms control and regional security, I was at once intrigued and sceptical. Could they really persuade Iranians, Israelis and Arabs and others in the region to work together on such sensitive issues?
It turns out the answer was yes.
This weekend, staff from the British Embassy in Washington, along with representatives from 7 other area embassies, participated in the local Ambassadors Cricket Cup held in Maryland. The day long tournament included participation from Australia, Bangladesh, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies. Our team unfortunately lost out to Australia but the event was a great opportunity to play a GREAT British sport.
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On 11 May the British Embassy in Washington opened its doors to the public for the annual EU Open House Day. We showcased UK culture, heritage, innovation and creativity: a bit of everything that makes Britain GREAT. Visitors were able to interact with multiple exhibits, tour the Ambassador’s residence and gardens, and learn more about why the UK remains a fantastic destination for travel, study and business.
You’re Invited! 2013 EU Day Open House
Join us on 11 May from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm to celebrate UK culture, heritage, innovation and creativity: a bit of everything that makes Britain GREAT.
The embassy will open its doors to the public for the annual EU Day Open House. See for yourself why the UK remains a fantastic destination for travel, study and business investment. Early visitors will be will be greeted with a free Union Flag bag!
Foreign Secretary William Hague travelled to Somalia to open the new British Embassy in Mogadishu.
This will be the first time the UK has an embassy in Somalia since 1991 when the embassy was closed and the ambassador and his staff evacuated. This makes the UK the first EU country to re-open an embassy in Somalia.
The Foreign Secretary was joined at the opening by the Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. The Foreign Secretary and the President also discussed the Somalia Conference taking place in London on 7 May.
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