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The signing of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement remains a possibility, the Foreign Secretary has said. Speaking at Foreign Affairs Questions in the House of Commons, William Hague called on the Ukrainian government to allow its peopl... Continue to article
William Hague hit back at the suggestion Britain could be seen as the “nasty country” of Europe by seeking to tighten access to benefits and reform freedom of movement laws. “I don’t think we should accept that word at all. This country,... Continue to article
Iran will receive limited sanctions relief from the United States and the European Union, but "core" sanctions will remain in place until an agreement has been reached, the Foreign Secretary has said. William Hague made the announcement ... Continue to article
William Hague said the deal struck with Iran over its nuclear programme was a victory for diplomacy. "This agreement we reached in the early hours of this morning should give us faith in the power of diplomacy and pressure to resolve ev... Continue to article
William Hague said negotiations with Iran were "difficult". "The foreign ministers, including me have come now to support these negotiations and to be able to confer together easily and quickly if we need to make fresh decisions of any k... Continue to article
Fabian Picardo said he would countenance the strengthening of British forces in Gibraltar to deter incursions from the Spanish government. "This has been going on now for some time, the genesis of this is the declaration by Spain in 2007... Continue to article
There’s only one real issue dominating Murnaghan’s agenda-setting show – Miley Cyrus’ upcoming performance on the X Factor. So, what do the guests think of her antics? Well, William Hague observed that he had some rather more pressing...
William Hague insisted the Prime Minister’s decision to attend a summit in Sri Lanka had “shone a spotlight” on human rights abuses in the country, and increased the pressure for an independent inquiry into alleged war crimes. “Clearly t... Continue to article
William Hague rejected calls to boycott the Sri Lankan summit, and said engagement with different groups within the country was the best route to encourage an investigation into human rights abuses. "There's a great deal of evidence abou... Continue to article
Foreign secretary William Hague speaks at the British High Commission in Colombo on preventing sexual violence in conflict (16.00) Home secretary Theresa May visits Warrington and the Poppy Project, where she is expected to make a speech... Continue to article
William Hague defended his and the Prime Minister's visit to Sri Lanka next week and said the Commonwealth summit was about much more than Sri Lankan issues. "We’ve decided to go there because this is the Commonwealth Heads of Governmen... Continue to article
Douglas Alexander attacked the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary’s insistence on attending the meeting of Commonwealth leaders in Sri Lanka next week. "Inexplicably, more than six months before this summit was due to take place, the P... Continue to article
Words: Daniel Bond Pictures: Paul Heartfield Lord Macartney’s mission to Beijing in 1792, the first high level contact between Britain and Qing Dynasty China, was once described as the “most significant event in world history”.... Continue to article
William Hague has revealed that GCHQ, the British intelligence gathering operation in Cheltenham, has modified his telephone to stop people bugging it – the Chinese especially Continue to article
Foreign and Commonwealth Office press release William Hague met Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic today to discuss Serbia's EU path and relations with Kosovo. The Foreign Secretary offered encouragement to Serbia on starting EU acces... Continue to article
The Syrian conflict will grow “more and more protracted” if the Geneva II peace conference does not take place, William Hague has said. The Foreign Secretary hosted talks between 11 ‘Friends of Syria’ and the Syrian National Coalition i... Continue to article
William Hague left the door open for Iran to be involved in United Nations talks to try to resolve the Syrian crisis, saying it would be “helpful” if the nation could be included in the Geneva peace talks. “If they’re serious, of course ... Continue to article
Alistair Burt said he had hoped to be kept on in the Foreign Office, given the turmoil in the Middle East at the moment. "Of course, I was disappointed, I understood the need the Prime Minister has to make change. I thought it might just... Continue to article
William Hague said David Cameron's conference speech today will be about creating a Britain with more opportunities. "He’s saying that’s what we’re trying to create, he’s looking forward in the speech from the clearing up of Labour’s mes... Continue to article
William Hague on energy price freeze: “I don’t think it’s a credible promise.” #bbcsp #cpc13
William Hague on a return to the leadership: “I will never be doing that again, I can absolutely assure you.” @JPonpolitics #cpc13
William Hague endorsed giving the Conservatives a greater say in a future coalition. “There does have to be some say for the party. Of course we did hold meetings of the party when we were putting this coalition together, but we did that... Continue to article
William Hague described talks between Iran and the US as a “good start” towards a wider diplomatic process on the country’s nuclear programme. Speaking after the talks at the UN General Assembly in New York concluded, the Foreign Secret... Continue to article
The United Kingdom is now adapting to the networked world. That is why it is vital that we extend our diplomatic reach, building new connections and strengthening old alliances. After years of retreat under the last Labour Governm... Continue to article
William Hague said the new Iranian president needed to follow up his more diplomatic tone with “changes in substance”. “I welcome many things that President Rouhani has said, both in the speech last night and over the last few months, an... Continue to article
William Hague heralded the possibility of a significant improvement in relations between the UK and Iran. “Hopes are rising – it’s very, very important, of course, that we now see some concrete actions that go with those hopes and words.... Continue to article
Ed Balls MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, speaking to Labour Party Annual Conference 2013 in Brighton, said: Conference, we meet here in Brighton. With the General Election now just nineteen months away Determined to defeat th... Continue to article
Foreign & Commonwealth Office press release Foreign Secretary William Hague chaired crisis committee COBR today. Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has sent extra staff to Nairobi to provide support On the incident at the Westgate Ce... Continue to article
William Hague said the threat of force was still an option against Syria. "It's still on the table, the United States has made that clear, but great progress has been made of course in negotiation between the United States and Russia ove... Continue to article
William Hague has said the US, UK and France will seek a resolution at the UN Security Council imposing a "binding commitment" on the Syrian government to hand over its chemical weapons. Speaking in Paris alongside his French and America... Continue to article
Foreign secretary William Hague (09.00) and international development minister Alan Duncan speak at the G8 Deauville Partnership Investment Conference in London Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg (14.45) speaks in a question and answer s... Continue to article
George Galloway claimed the Saudi royal family had supplied the chemical weapons used recently in Syria. "It’s a theory and it’s superseded by my new theory which is that Saudi Arabia gave it to them and everyone who knows anything about... Continue to article
An open letter to William Hague: your department’s EU review is a whitewash. Continue to article
CON 34 (+4); LAB 37 (-3); LIB DEM 10 (n/c); UKIP 11 (n/c) The latest Ipsos MORI Political Monitor shows a softening in Labour’s lead to just three points over the Conservatives. Meanwhile, Ed Miliband’s personal ratings continu... Continue to article
William Hague has given a cautious welcome to the Syrian government's acceptance of a Russian proposal to relinquish its chemical weapons. Speaking at a press conference on a visit to South Africa, the Foreign Secretary said the developm... Continue to article
William Hague argued to fail to enforce the 'red line' on chemical weapons use by the Assad regime carried greater risks than pursuing limited military action. “The Government put forward its case, we were of course going to come back to... Continue to article
Chancellor George Osborne delivers a speech on the recovery of the UK economy (11.00) Foreign secretary William Hague meets US secretary of state John Kerry on his visit to the UK (08.00) Business secretary Vince Cable attends an Even... Continue to article
Liam Fox said David Cameron had “no hand to play” in negotiations over Syria after last week’s Commons defeat for the Government. “Even if that were true [that Cameron had failed to make a compelling case for intervention], there was a p... Continue to article
The EU is to lift sanctions on Zimbabwe after a "landmark decision" by European ministers.
Most of the Restrictive Measures - imposed by the EU in response to human rights abuses and political violence - have been suspended, but European foreign ministers said the sanctions against Robert Mugabe would remain.
Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement: "This approach will demonstrate to reformers across the political spectrum that the EU is serious about responding to concrete progress on the ground and reflects our confidence in the facilitation process being undertaken by President Zuma and the leaders of SADC.
"It also puts the onus on the Government of Zimbabwe to live up to their commitments."
He later tweeted that it was a "landmark EU decision."
Conservative MEP for the East of England, Geoffrey Van Orden, said: "We have always said that restrictive measures, aimed solely at a governing elite that has trampled on the people of Zimbabwe, could be eased once there was serious change."
The MEP, who has worked to encourage freedom and democratic change in Zimbabwe, warned: "I remain concerned that those with a vested interest in the Mugabe regime and exploitation of Zimbabwe's resources for their own benefit will try and ensure their continued grasp on power."
William Hague has urged his fellow Cabinet members to place a greater emphasis on green industries, in a leaked letter which emerged today. The letter states "we should reframe our response to climate change as an imperative for growth" and sets out proposals for how the Government can refocus on the issue.
William Hague has said that sanctions against Burman should be suspended, but does not believe it would be right to lift them entirely.
Speaking at talks in Luxembourg, The Foreign Secretary said: "A very important process of change has taken place in Burma. As you know in the United Kingdom we have advocated the suspension of sanctions rather than the complete lifting of sanctions.
"I think that is the right thing to do. Great progress is being made in Burma but we remain very concerned about conflict and human rights abuses in some areas of Burma, particularly in Kachin state."
The Foreign Secretary is being accused of hypocrisy over Britain's intervention in an American Supreme Court case, in which families are claiming the right to sue oil giant Shell for its alleged complicity in torture in the Niger Delta. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office wants the Supreme Court to strike out the case, claiming the court should not hear cases where British corporations have allegedly committed crimes outside America.
Andrew Tyrie, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendiiton, has warned William Hague that MI6 staff may have breached confidentiality in supplying information to the press over the rendition of Abdel Hakim Belhadj to Libya in 2004.
In a letter to the Foreign Secretary Mr Tyrie wrote: “These reports are attributed to ‘well-placed sources’. The context suggests that these sources may well be from within MI6. If so this would represent staff from the intelligence agencies briefing the press."
MPs are calling on William Hague to reveal whether British businessman Neil Heywood was working as a spy before his death in China.
The Foreign Affairs Select Committee met earlier this week to discuss the case, and has asked for a series of clarifications about the Foreign Office's handling of the case.
28/11/2013 on Channel 4 News
24/11/2013 on World This Weekend, BBC Radio 4
23/11/2013 on Pool clip
20/11/2013 on Today, BBC Radio 4
17/11/2013 on Murnaghan, Sky News
15/11/2013 on Today, BBC Radio 4
14/11/2013 on Foreign and Commonwealth Office
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