UK PM Boris Johnson to merge aid department (DFID) with foreign ministry (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

UK PM Boris Johnson to merge aid department (DFID) with foreign ministry (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The UK government is to merge its foreign ministry with the department for international development. 

Announcing the decision in parliament, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the move would enable Britain to make the most of its aid budget which is the third biggest in the world. 

This may signal a desire to align the UK’s development commitments with its foreign policy and it could have an effect on funding of some projects on the continent, going by Mr Johnson’s comments:Quote Message: We give as much aid to Zambia as we do to Ukraine, though the latter is vital for European security. 

We give as much aid to Zambia as we do to Ukraine, though the latter is vital for European security.Quote Message: We give 10 times as much aid to Tanzania as we do to the six countries of the western Balkans, who are acutely vulnerable to Russian meddling.” 

We give 10 times as much aid to Tanzania as we do to the six countries of the western Balkans, who are acutely vulnerable to Russian meddling.”

The leader of the opposition Labour party, Sir Kier Starmer, said it was a blatant attempt to distract attention from the government’s poor record on the economy and its tackling of the coronavirus.

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