France: Liz Truss warns to ‘stop threatening’ UK
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Ms Truss’s address, where she will outline the UK’s foreign policy priorities, is expected to draw on the benefits of Brexit and highlight the work being put into nourishing Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “Global Britain” motto, which she was tasked with making a reality.
In her speech to the Chatham House think-tank, the Foreign Secretary plans to say “it’s time for Britain to be proud once again of who we are and what we stand for” instead of “being racked with shame about our history and doubt about our future”.
She is expected to encourage Britain’s diplomats to be “unleashed and empowered” to promote “the best of British business, culture and values of freedom, democracy and human rights around the world”.
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It is thought Ms Truss will add: “We need to believe in Britain and project the best of Britain to the world.
“I want us to be confident, outward-looking, patriotic and positive and to be proud of our great country.
“We have the best diplomats and a world-leading diplomatic network with unique reach and expertise representing us across 180 countries.
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“I want our foreign policy to project pride in our country.
“I am putting this at the heart of the FCDO’s mission – to go out there and show what’s great about this country.”
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The Foreign Secretary’s speech comes only days after she posed in a tank during a trip to Estonia, which drew parallels with Margaret Thatcher’s 1986 picture on a visit to British forces in West Germany.
In Estonia, Ms Truss also addressed the growing concerns over the potential of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.
In a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Ms Truss voiced support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and warned Moscow further escalation in its conflict with Kyiv would be “a strategic mistake” met with retaliation by Britain.
As a Nato ally, the UK has joined the alliance in responding to the nearly 100,000 troops Ukraine claims Russia has massed near the border between the two countries
Ms Truss, who holds an 82.3 percent net satisfaction rating, tops the Conservative Party rankings for most popular Cabinet Minister.
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