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Richard Moore

British Ambassador to Turkey

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13th March 2017 Ankara, Turkey

Richard Moore

by Richard Moore

British Ambassador to Turkey

The Commonwealth is no Empire

When the recently elected Gambian President announced that he intended to take his country back into the Commonwealth (the previous president had withdrawn Gambia from the organisation), one of my twitter followers commented that Gambia was becoming a British colony again! For some in Turkey, the sun has never set on the British Empire.  But […]

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10th December 2016 Ankara, Turkey

Richard Moore

by Richard Moore

British Ambassador to Turkey

International Human Rights Day

10 December is Human Rights Day and around the world British Embassies will be expressing their commitment to universal fundamental rights. We do this because human rights are important in themselves. But they are also good for our societies and economies. The World Bank have said respect for human rights can “improve development outcomes and […]

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13th November 2016 Ankara, Turkey

Richard Moore

by Richard Moore

British Ambassador to Turkey

Why do Brits wear the Poppy?

Lots of people are asking me the same question I get every year on the significance of the poppy flower.  Here’s a slightly updated version of the blog I wrote last year  if you’re interested in knowing the answer #WhydoBritswearthePoppy? https://blogs.fco.gov.uk/richardmoore/2015/11/11/why-do-brits-wear-the-poppy/ Why do Brits wear the Poppy? The small, red flower – a poppy – […]

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4th February 2016 Ankara, Turkey

Richard Moore

by Richard Moore

British Ambassador to Turkey

Syria conference in London

As we approach the fifth anniversary of the civil war in Syria, the most urgent humanitarian catastrophe of the day continues with a quarter of a million lives lost to date. The international community must significantly step up its efforts and act now to support the 18 million people in Syria and neighbouring countries who […]

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4th January 2016 Ankara, Turkey

Richard Moore

by Richard Moore

British Ambassador to Turkey

Praise for our project work

We diplomats are not often praised for the way in which we spend public funds.  The UK tabloids prefer to perpetuate the myth of the champagne-swilling cocktail party-goer.  So it was nice to receive some positive feedback recently about one of our long standing bilateral projects in Turkey.  My correspondent wrote “As a British taxpayer, […]

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10th December 2015 Ankara, Turkey

Richard Moore

by Richard Moore

British Ambassador to Turkey

Why the UK cares about human rights?

Today is international human rights day, and around the world people are reflecting and campaigning on hugely important freedoms. I want to take the opportunity to pay tribute to all those who work for human rights, and who make great sacrifices and put themselves in danger for the sake of justice and liberty: people like […]

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25th November 2015 Ankara, Turkey

Janet Douglas CMG

Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Ankara

Stop violence against women!

We have to stop violence against women because for too long, too many women around the world have experienced terrible abuse. The UN estimates 35% of women globally have experienced some form of violence. This abuse can happen in ordinary homes, and in warzones where women are disproportionate victims of sexual violence. And these crimes […]

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11th November 2015 Ankara, Turkey

Richard Moore

by Richard Moore

British Ambassador to Turkey

Why do Brits wear the Poppy?

The small, red flower – a poppy – that I’m currently wearing on my jacket lapel (and my Twitter page) is often a point of curiosity in Turkey and people frequently ask about it. The United Kingdom, together with other Commonwealth nations, commemorates Remembrance Day every year on 11th November when we remember our fallen. […]

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19th August 2015 Ankara, Turkey

Richard Moore

by Richard Moore

British Ambassador to Turkey

Migration: Turkey’s hospitality, UK’s efforts and strengthening our cooperation

Every day I am stuck by the tragic events unfolding in the Mediterranean, with migrants from a host of nationalities risking their lives trying to enter the EU. Many of these people, especially those using the Eastern Mediterranean route, leave their homes, often in fear of their lives, usually fleeing conflict in their own country […]

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20th April 2015 Ankara, Turkey

Richard Moore

by Richard Moore

British Ambassador to Turkey

We will remember them

Later this month we will all commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Canakkale or Gallipoli campaign. It will be a magnificent occasion with many heads of state from around the world attending at President Erdogan’s invitation.  HRH The Prince of Wales will represent HM The Queen and he will be accompanied by HRH Prince Harry and […]

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