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Politics & press news – Embassy 46

FCO language skills needed

The UK risks losing credibility if more senior diplomats are not fluent in a range of languages, the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee has warned.

MPs also said linguistic abilities should be given more weight in promotion criteria, including to top jobs, as this would "command respect" abroad.

The Foreign Office is reopening its language school, which closed in 2007 and has increased funding for courses.



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