Now that Ramadan is over we take stock of the first month of our new visa operation. I am glad to say that customers are reacting well and becoming used to the much longer delivery times for their visas. But I repeat our apologies to the handful of last-minute applicants who have been disappointed. We are working to straighten out some kinks in the courier arrangements and hope to reduce the processing time this month.
Visa services is only one area in which British embassies are working much more closely together. In our case colleagues in Rabat, Algiers, Paris and Cairo are among those whose responsibilities cover Tunisia. And we host a regional training centre in Tunis, which offers courses not only to our own staff, but also to colleagues from other missions in the area.
The positive experience of these changes encouraged me to suggest that more regional working could be beneficial to us as well as to our stakeholders. So we are preparing a meeting of our ambassadors in North Africa to be held in Tunis on Monday to review the possibilities. I am hoping to convince them to make more use of Tunis as a platform for joint work.