Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the situation in Lesotho; and what steps he is taking to support the reinstatement of democracy in that country.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Chair, Regulatory Reform Committee, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Chair, Regulatory Reform Committee

British high commission officials in Pretoria, who cover our relations with Lesotho, continue to closely monitor developments in the country given the deteriorating political and security situation there since 30 August. I welcome the engagement of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and have expressed our hope that all Lesotho’s parties will work together to ensure disputes are settled peacefully in line with Lesotho’s constitution. At my request, our high commissioner reiterated these messages in a phone call to Lesotho’s Prime Minister on 5 September.

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