House of Lords written question – answered on 19th March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 5 March (WA 392), which countries have expressed an interest informally in joining the Commonwealth since 1 January 2005.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

A number of countries have informally expressed an interest in developing closer links with the Commonwealth and its associations, particularly on trade. For example, a delegation from the United Arab Emirates attended the Commonwealth Business Forum in Perth last October. We understand that Algeria have also been in contact with the Commonwealth Business Council to discuss various trade initiatives. Angola attended the Commonwealth Local Government Forum in Cardiff in March of last year and are in contact with the Commonwealth Secretariat about developing closer links.

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