Foreign Secretary Expresses Sympathy Over Sierra Leone Flooding

Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has expressed sympathy over the recent flooding and landslides in Sierra Leone. Although the death toll isn’t yet known, it is thought that around 300 people have been killed.

Johnson said in a statement:

“I am deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life caused by the heavy flooding and landslides around the Freetown peninsula in Sierra Leone in the early hours of today. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected at this horrific time. We are working with the Government of Sierra Leone to provide support where necessary”.

A representative for the Red Cross said:

“The central hospital is completely overwhelmed so we’ve begun sending them to other hospitals as well. The other big problem is that many people have been left homeless and need shelter, clothing, blankets. We’re trying to do what we can. We’ll see how things continue to play out over the day. For now we’re helping to collect the dead”.

Foreign Secretary Congratulates President Kenyatta on His Election Victory

Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has congratulated President Kenyatta on his election victory this week in Kenya. Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of the country’s first President, has been in power since 2013 and he won 54% of the popular vote this week.

Johnson said in a statement:

“Tuesday was an historic day for Kenya, with millions of Kenyans turning out to vote in the general election. The United Kingdom warmly congratulates President Kenyatta on his re-election. The UK and Kenya are longstanding friends and close partners. We look forward to building on our strong relationship, working together to advance our shared prosperity and security and to support Kenya’s development, for the benefit of all.

We commend the people of Kenya for their commitment to democracy and salute those who worked tirelessly and courageously towards holding credible elections, often in difficult circumstances. In the spirit of President Kenyatta’s words yesterday, now is the time for Kenyans to work together in peace to build their nation and forge their shared future. We join the Kenyan people in mourning those who have died, calling on those with influence to exercise restraint at this difficult time to ensure calm, and to honour the Kenyans who turned out in such number to vote to determine their future”.

Former David Davis Aide, James Chapman, Calls for Boris Johnson to be Arrested Over Brexit Claims

James Chapman, who worked as an aide to David Davis, has criticised Boris Johnson over claims he made during the Brexit referendum campaign. Posting on Twitter, Chapman, who is also a former political editor at the Daily Mail, posted:

“Let’s be honest, if we had an effective electoral law leading Brexiteers would now be in jail”.

Chapman has criticised the Government’s preparations for Brexit and said that a new political party could be formed to help fight against the referendum decision. He posted:

“Interestingly the most energised by the Democrats are journalists. They know main parties are irretrievably bust and we need something new”.

Jeremy Corbyn Refuses to Condemn Venezuelan Leader

Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, has been criticised for failing to condemn the Venezuelan leadership after recent violence. Corbyn, who had previously supported the leadership of President Nicolas Maduro said that he was “very sad” at the violence.

Corbyn said at a Labour Party meeting:

“I’m very sad at the lives that have been lost in Venezuela. The people who have died, either those on the streets or security forces that have been attacked by people on the street – all of those lives are terrible for the loss of them”.

Graham Jones, the Labour MP for Hyndburn, said:

“Mr Maduro and his predecessor Mr Chavez have destroyed an economy despite being oil rich, abused human rights and replaced democracy with authoritarianism backed by military might”.

Frank Field, the Labour MP for Birkenhead, urged Corbyn to condemn the leadership, saying:

“I think how he responds on this is crucial. And I think what’s going on in Venezuela is desperate”.

Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, last week said that the Venezuelan leadership was “acting like the dictator of an evil regime”.

Labour’s Chris Williamson Condemns Sanctions on Venezuela

Chris Williamson, the Labour MP for Derby North and Shadow Home Office Minister, has condemned the United States sanctions which have been imposed on Venezuela. He added that the United States “had a shady record, going back many decades, of interfering in Latin America”.

Williamson said on BBC’s Newsnight:

“Surely it would be far better to try and bring the sides together, to facilitate talks and to encourage the right wing opposition to stop these protests on the streets”.

Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, had warned about the situation in the country last week.

Boris Johnson Condemns North Korean Missile Test

Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has condemned a missile test launched by North Korea. The Pentagon said that the North Koreans had launched the missile from Mupyong-ni and it travelled around 1,000 kilometres before falling into the sea near to Japan.

Johnson said in a statement:

“The UK strongly condemns North Korea’s second test of an intercontinental ballistic missile and calls on the regime to immediately stop all activity that breaches UN Security Council resolutions.

The UK will stand alongside our allies and partners as we confront the growing threat North Korea poses to regional and international security. Once again North Korea shows no regard for its international obligations.

We urge the DPRK regime to put the well-being of its own people ahead of the illegal pursuit of nuclear and ballistic missile programmes”.

Donald Trump, the President of the United States, said:

“Threatening the world, these weapons and tests further isolate North Korea, weaken its economy, and deprive its people”.

Foreign Secretary Confirms Appointment of New Ambassador to Afghanistan

Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has confirmed the appointment of Sir Nicholas Kay as the new Ambassador to Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. He will begin his new role in August 2017 and he replaces Dominic Jermey.

Kay was previously the United Kingdom Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa, the Ambassador to the Republic of Sudan and the Ambassador to Democratic Republic of Congo and Republic of Congo.

Foreign Secretary Issues Statement on Violence in Venezuela

Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has issued a statement following continued violence in Venezuela. Protests have been on-going in the country ahead of elections on 30 July 2017.

Johnson said:

“I am deeply saddened that nearly 100 people have died in protests in Venezuela since the end of March. The citizens of Venezuela deserve better and urgent action should be taken to stop matters from getting worse.

The UK calls on the Venezuelan Government to refrain from divisive and inflammatory action, including the plan to form a Constituent Assembly later this month. This will only further undermine confidence in the country’s democracy. Human rights, the rule of law, the separation of powers and the integrity of democratic institutions must be respected.

The UK joins with the Vatican, the neighbours of Venezuela and our European friends to urge the Government to enter constructive talks with the Opposition. I call on President Nicolas Maduro to change course and break the deadlock for the benefit of all Venezuelans”.

Boris Johnson Welcomes Qatar’s Commitment to Tackling Terrorism

Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has welcomed efforts by the Emir of Qatar to tackle terrorism. In a statement Johnson said:

“I welcome the Emir of Qatar’s commitment to combat terrorism in all its manifestations, including terrorist financing. The Emir also pledged to resolve the remaining differences with Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain through dialogue, negotiation, and Kuwaiti mediation. These steps will help to resolve the dispute.

We hope that in turn Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain respond by taking steps towards lifting the embargo. This will allow substantive discussions on remaining differences to begin.

The UK will continue to engage our partners in the region to help them reach a solution, including assisting Kuwait’s important efforts in whatever way we can”.