Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) promotes the UK’s interests overseas and supports our citizens and businesses around the globe. 

We’re responsible for:

•    safeguarding the UK’s national security by countering terrorism and weapons proliferation, and working to reduce conflict
•    building the UK’s prosperity by increasing exports and investment, opening markets, ensuring access to resources, and promoting sustainable global         growth
•    supporting British nationals around the world through modern and efficient consular services.

Our worldwide network of embassies and consulates employs over 14,000 people in nearly 270 diplomatic offices. We work with international organisations such as the EU, NATO, the United Nations, the UN Security Council and the Commonwealth.