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Our Network of Influence

The FCO is responsible for the conduct of business with other governments and international organisations; for the protection of British citizens abroad; and for the promotion of British commercial and other interests across the world.  It does this through a network of 233 Posts worldwide.  These comprise:
  • 46 High Commissions in Commonwealth countries;
  • 107 Embassies in other countries;
  • 10 Missions to international organisations and conferences; and
  • 70 subordinate Posts (Deputy High Commissions or Consulates).
In addition, there are:
  • 38 Posts staffed entirely by locally-engaged (LE) staff;
  • 220 Honorary Consulates; and
  • 3 unstaffed Posts (Baghdad, Mogadishu and Monrovia) at the start of 2003.
The FCO is also responsible for the administration of the 14 Overseas Territories, and has resident Governors in nine.
 
Our network of Posts is growing all the time. During 2002, the FCO increased the number of its Embassies with the opening of Chisinau, Conakry and Dili. (Prior to the independence of East Timor, the mission in Dili had been a subordinate Post of Jakarta).
 
In addition to FCO employees, both UK-based and local staff, there is an increasing number of staff in Post from other UK Government Departments. These staff are normally based within the Mission and form part of the Mission structure. However, because of the numbers involved, DfID staff are often housed in their own building. A significant, and steadily rising, amount of policy work is conducted by FCO staff for and on behalf of other Government Departments.

This area of the website aims to highlight the variety of crucial work performed by the FCO’s Posts in every corner of the world. Many Posts run their own websites, where further information on their activities can also be found. Links to Posts' websites can be found on the British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate page in the UK Embassies Overseas area.
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