South America: Diplomatic Service

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 17th November 2020.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the number of British diplomats based in South America after the end of the transition period.

Photo of Wendy Morton Wendy Morton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

South America is an important partner for the UK. Our friendship is based on our shared liberal and democratic values, economic strengths, and our championing of free trade. We want to strengthen partnerships with those that share our values, and are keen to seize the opportunities that leaving the EU brings. Since 2010, we have established a stronger network of posts in South America, with the opening of three Embassies and two Consulates-generals, with more staff on the ground focusing on trade, prosperity, global issues, strengthening the international system, and climate change.

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