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We will pursue to safeguard Britain's national security by countering terrorism and weapons proliferation, and working to reduce conflict.

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Foreign Secretary William Hague delivered the fourth speech in a series of four setting out the Coalition Government's foreign policy at Georgetown University on 17 November 2010.

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  • Reduce the risk to the UK and UK interests overseas from international terrorism;

  • Contribute to the success of Britain’s effort in Afghanistan. Protect British national security from threats emanating from the region - create the conditions for a sustainable political process and for greater stability and security on the ground so that UK combat troops can safely withdraw by 2015. Restore the Government’s accountability on Afghanistan to the British people;

  • Help build a stable and increasingly prosperous Pakistan which takes effective action against violent extremism;

  • Reduce the risks to national security by ensuring that the UK plays a central role in international efforts to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in Iran and elsewhere;

  • Support the Middle East Peace Process, and implement actions vital for long-term security and stability in the MENA region;

  • Develop a new strategy for the Overseas Territories which provides more effective support for their development and better risk management, that involves and is agreed by the whole UK Government;

  • Co-ordinate an expanded UK government contribution to conflict prevention and support conflict resolution in fragile states.

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