Over one hundred Heads of State and Heads of Government have been arriving in the UK over the past week to play a part in the Olympic Games. We expect over eighty of these to be present at the Opening Ceremony on 27 July.
Amongst others, these will include the Prime Ministers of Albania, Bangladesh, Belgium, France, Jamaica, Kenya, Lebanon, Romania and Turkey; the Presidents of Brazil, Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kenya, Latvia, Macedonia, Mozambique, Serbia, Singapore. Slovenia, Switzerland, Tunisia; and members of the Royal Families of Brunei, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. There will also be a large number of senior figures from other nations, including First Lady Michelle Obama and Governor Mitt Romney of the USA.
The Games are a celebration of incredible sport, and a great opportunity for British diplomacy. Ministers from the FCO and across Government will be holding bilateral meetings with senior representatives of foreign countries, and our Embassies and diplomatic Posts are busy drumming up excitement about the Games and reaching out to new audiences overseas, including through the GREAT campaign.
This is a real opportunity to demonstrate the best of what Britain can offer and to raise issues on the world stage which will enhance and develop our relationships with other countries, whether in diplomacy, culture, sport, or trade and investment.