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Foreign affairs

The Government believes that Britain must always be an active member of the global community, promoting our national interests while standing up for the values of freedom, fairness and responsibility. This means working as a constructive member of the United Nations, NATO and other multilateral organisations including the Commonwealth; working to promote stability and security; and pushing for reform of global institutions to ensure that they reflect the modern world.

  • We will take forward our shared resolve to safeguard the UK’s national security and support our Armed Forces in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
  • We will push for peace in the Middle East, with a secure and universally recognised Israel living alongside a sovereign and viable Palestinian state.
  • We will work to establish a new ‘special relationship’ with India and seek closer engagement with China, while standing firm on human rights in all our bilateral relationships.
  • We will maintain a strong, close and frank relationship with the United States.
  • We want to strengthen the Commonwealth as a focus for promoting democratic values and development.
  • We will work to promote stability in the Western Balkans.
  • We will support concerted international efforts to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
  • We support reform of the UN Security Council, including permanent seats for Japan, India, Germany, Brazil and African representation.
  • We will work to intensify our cultural, educational, commercial and diplomatic links with many nations beyond Europe and North America to strengthen the UK’s relations with the fastest-growing areas of the world economy.
  • We will never condone the use of torture.

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Your comments (157)

  1. Deborah says:

    Stopping a nuclear Iran and the rise of Islamist regimes should be a priority. The Government should not preach certain values but not ask countries like most of those in the Arab world to uphold them. Radical Islam is the major threat to our world, emanating from the Middle East but coming to our shores. Will this coalition government stand firm, as Churchill would have done, against this threat?

  2. James Browning says:

    *Increase EU Co-Operation
    *Increase (heavily) commonwealth co-operation
    *Increase UK-US Co-operation

    ^ ^ Following the above is key to a sustainable future.

  3. Sebastian says:

    I would like the new government to petition for the expulsion and isolation of North Korea from the United Nations. The regime has become so dangerous that all attempts to negotiate have been notably unsuccessful. In the interests of human rights the new government should encourage the world to recognise South Korea as the sole legitimate government of the entire peninsula and to seek democratic reunification at all costs. I also like to see full British recognition of Taiwan.

  4. Michael says:

    Although Israel has made mistakes it is the only true democracy in the middle east and is supportive of our country.
    The actions of the coalition should reflect this. The government should be careful not to pander to the irrational hatred of of israel shown by some in recent years,

  5. Ana says:

    Please can the UK Government re-affirm the relationship between the UK and Israel by supporting Israel’s right to defend herself and her citizens and also by condemning Hamas. Israel is a vibrant democracy and therefore should be a natural ally for the UK.

  6. Iain L. Fraser says:

    I hope your government redresses a long-standing injustice that the most recent update to nationality law could have but didn’t . British fathers could not until recently transfer their nationality to children born abroad of a relationship not recognized according to stringent criteria as ‘a marriage’, whereas British women can even if their children are illegitimate by anybody’s criteria. This is manifestly discriminatory. Recent legislation amended the position to eliminate the discrimination in future, and retroactively but with a cutoff date that excludes a small number of individuals, including my daughter Antonia, born 15 October 1978 of an Italian mother to whom I was married in the Roman Catholic church without subsequent civil registration, something possible in Italy, Despite my registration of her birth at the Consulate at the time and many subsequent representations, my entitlement to convey my British nationality to her is still denied, and continues to be so though the aforesaid legislation acknowledges the wrongfulness of the position. A minor amendment to the relevant Act would suffice – perhaps it could even be done by ministerial order or whatever. My daughter feels this injustice deeply, as do I, and I gather others of the small number of people affected. I trust your government will see fit to repair it.

  7. Catherine Beer says:

    Please no more shameless denial of Israel’s blatantly racist and apartheid policies and reject a two party state solution in the Middle East. Instead support the idea of ONE single state which ensure all parties, peoples and faiths live together as a heterogenous, multi-cultural society. This is the 21st century! No more expensive and needless wars please; we can’t afford them, financially or morally.