Britain and Canada to have joint diplomatic missions

  • Britain is to establish joint diplomatic overseas missions with Canada, the UK Foreign Secretary William Hague is due to announce later in the day.

    Hague is expected to give details when he meets his Canadian counterpart John Baird in Ottawa on Monday.

    The agreement for joint diplomatic missions could eventually involve Australia and New Zealand.

    Hague issued a statement ahead of his announcement on Monday, saying: "As (British Prime Minister) David Cameron said when addressing the Canadian parliament last year: 'We are two nations, but under one Queen and united by one set of values'."

    "We have stood shoulder to shoulder from the great wars of the last century to fighting terrorists in Afghanistan and supporting Arab Spring Nations like Libya and Syria. We are first cousins.

    "So it is natural that we look to link up our embassies with Canada's in places where that suits both countries. It will give us a bigger reach abroad for our businesses and people for less cost."