Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

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February 2014: Pictured with the Chief Minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo. Having previously represented Gibraltar as one of its MEPs, I discussed my close links with the Rock and pledged my continued support for Gibraltar and its right to self-determination. I also gave an interview to Gibraltar TV, explaining the origins of the now well-publicised remark of my former MEP colleague, and now Foreign Minister of Spain, Jose-Manuel Garcia Margallo, in which the Minister stated to me that Gibraltar was part of Spain.


February 2014: In the European Parliament Presidential dining room at a working lunch in honour of the visit of Dr Mustapha Ben Jafar, President of the Constituent Assembly of Tunisia. I have taken a long-standing interest in Tunisia and was delighted at the positive outcome endorsed in a referendum for the new Constitution which fully reflects the modern and democratic inclusive approach taken by the government after the Arab spring Revolution in Tunisia in early 2011. I was able to discuss issues affecting Tunisia including the economy, relations with the EU and neighbouring Maghreb countries, women and minority rights and the way in which Islamists from the majority EnNahda party and secularists were able to achieve agreement over the new Constitution.


February 2014: At the famous FCO Map Room after addressing EU specialist UK diplomats during a training session on the role of the European Parliament in foreign and security policy. As a former London medical school University Lecturer and Hon Senior Lecturer I know when I have finally been recognised as having mastered my own specialty when I am asked to lecture other trainees and future experts about it.


February 2014: With former President Obasanjo of Nigeria at a working lunch of the Munich Security Conference to discuss security issues in Africa. I have presented two reports to the European Parliament on the Horn of Africa and the Sahel region. I raised with the African statesman the issue of the highway of terror from west to east on the continent which now links Boko Haram in Nigeria through AQIM in Mali to Al Shabab in Somalia. He confirmed that a majority of jihadi group Boko Haram's resources, which is undermining the integrity and security of Nigeria, Africa's largest nation, come from external sources.


February 2014: With Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP, former UK Defence and Foreign Secretary, at a dinner of the Munich Security Conference in which former US Secretary of State Dr Henry Kissinger gave a moving speech on 20th century events, before awarding the MSC 2014 Ewald Von Kleist Prize (who founded the Conference 50 years ago) to former Chancellor of Germany Helmut Schmidt and former President of France Valerie Giscard D'Estaing.


February 2014: With President Rosen Plevneliev of Bulgaria at the Munich Security Conference discussing the internal politics of his country and the prospects for his party at the May Euro elections. The MSC is considered the number one global leading conference on defence and foreign affairs with a strong Atlanticist presence.


January 2014: Pictured with Mr Mohamoud Daar, Representative of Somaliland to the EU. We discussed the general situation and the improving economy in Somaliland. Mr Daar raised, however, the lack of international aid and FDI that his country receives, both of which are much needed to support infrastructure projects in this former British protectorate. I am a long-standing supporter of Somalilandís claim to recognition as a state.


January 2014: With a delegation from Kyrenia, headed by the Greek-Cypriot Mayor of Kyrenia, Mr Glafkos Kariolou. The group discussed the UN mediated reunification talks, as well as Mayor Kariolouís quest to gain the right for the community to hold religious services in the abandoned Greek Orthodox churches of Kyrenia.


January 2014: Pictured with the Egyptian Ambassador to the EU, H.E. Ehab Fawzy. We discussed the new constitution that has been adopted after the referendum in Egypt and the intentions of the interim Government to restore democracy as set out by the roadmap. I also noted the debate that will be happening in the European Parliament Plenary session next week, and the accompanying resolution, of which I will be a co-author.


January 2014: Pictured at a meeting with Massoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq. I participated in the event with the delegation led by President Barzani, in which I thanked the KRG for helping the persecuted Christian minorities of Iraq and congratulated this oil and gas rich territory on the opening of a new oil pipeline to Turkey. I am encouraged to see the KRG as a model of secular democracy in a very troubled region of the world.

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