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George Papadopoulos

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL3277, tabled on 15 November 2017

To ask Her Majesty's Government which official George Papadopoulos met during his visit to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2016; when that meeting was held; what was discussed; what position in the Trump presidential campaign that official was informed that George Papadopoulos held; and whether he met officials from any other Government departments.

Answered on

29 November 2017

The then Head of the FCO’s North America Department held a brief introductory meeting with George Papadopoulos, one of the Trump campaign’s named foreign policy advisors, in September 2016. A written record of this meeting was not produced. The FCO’s Americas Directorate is not aware of officials from any other Government departments meeting Papadopoulos.

A critical part of sustaining the strong UK-US relationship is outreach to figures in potential future US administrations, particularly during election campaigns. The British Embassy in Washington and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office held a range of meetings with figures in both the Democrat and Republican presidential campaigns in the run up to November 2016.