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Baroness Warsi begins South East Asia visit

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(London PR)  FCO Minister Baroness Warsi visits Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore to promote Islamic Finance and religious tolerance. Senior Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi arrives in South East Asia for a six day programme in Brunei, Sabah, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. This builds on an unparalleled series of senior visits to South East Asia which have reinvigorated the UK’s relationship with this dynamic part of the world.

During Baroness Warsi’s first visit to Brunei she will meet HM The Sultan of Brunei and other members of the government. She will meet religious leaders, attend an Easter service, and build links with religious institutions.

In Malaysia the Minister will first spend a day in Sabah where the focus will be on promoting education, human rights and freedom of religion. Moving on to Kuala Lumpur, the emphasis will be on promoting the UK’s leadership role in Islamic Finance with members of the Global Islamic Finance and Investment Group and the financial services sector. The Minister will also lead a panel discussion, hosted by the Global Movement of Moderates, sharing her experiences as a British Muslim and the UK’s approach to freedom of religion. In Kuala Lumpur the Minister will also open the new British High Commission.

Moving on to Singapore, Baroness Warsi will host the British Chamber of Commerce’s 60th anniversary celebration, attend high-level meetings at the Monetary Authority of Singapore to discuss Islamic Finance, meet leading religious and political figures, and promote the role of women in leadership.

Baroness Warsi said:

“I am very excited to be returning to South East Asia, one of the most dynamic regions of the world and where the UK has significantly ramped up our engagement in recent years. We are deepening our ties on Islamic Finance with old friends and building new connections, based on our shared values, to promote religious understanding and tolerance.”


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