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Departmental Achievements

Volume 116: debated on Wednesday 13 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list his principal achievements in the field of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs; and what plans he has for the future.

I refer my hon. Friend to the answers given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to my hon. Friend the Member for Crawley (Mr. Soames) on 19 February 1987 at column 801–9, and in particular to the foreign policy aspects of these answers. Since then our efforts to establish a more stable relationship between East and West culminated in the successful visit by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and myself and myself to the Soviet Union in March. Our talks with the Soviet leaders were candid and wide-ranging and demonstrated the value of frank and constructive discussion between us. At the end of April I visited Thailand, Australia and New Zealand to demonstrate our continuing interest in Asia and the Pacific. Overall, I have since February pursued our major objectives in the foreign policy field listed in the answer to the second of the questions from my hon. Friend the Member for Crawley. These objectives will continue to guide our policies in the future.