Emphasizing the importance of soft power in the digital age, Lord Howell eloquently argued against the restrictions posed by traditional barriers and for the dynamism which Commonwealth linkages offer. He described the Commonwealth as a 'bottom up organisation'.
The Annual Summer Diplomatic party was organised by the Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Council and took place in the Attlee Room of the House of Lords. It enabled the socialising that fosters understanding both between government officials and in the longer term between the nations they represent.
Ambassador Werner Matias Romero gave a fascinating talk in particular about the diversity of the trade offer. El Salvador may be the smallest of countries in the Americas, but in other ways the greatest.
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