Malawi–United Kingdom relations

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Malawi-United Kingdom relations


United Kingdom

Malawi and United Kingdom have formal diplomatic relations.


British influence in modern-day Malawi began through a system of foreign influence when Nyasaland became a British protectorate under a colonial administration. The Queen of England became the Queen of Nyasaland. Nyasaland gained independence in 1964 and has since known as Malawi.

Post colonial relations[edit]

Malawi has had diplomatic relations with United Kingdom during the post colonial era.

Cochrane-Dyet cable[edit]

Malawi and the UK found themselves in a diplomatic row in 2012 that resulted in the mutual expulsion of their envoys. Bingu wa Mutharika expelled British Ambassador Fergus Cochrane-Dyet for calling him "arrogant" and "intolerant" after a leaked cable was published in The Nation newspaper. The United Kingdom in return expelled acting Ambassador Flossie Gomile-Chidyaonga and revoked her invitation to the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Relations were restored after Joyce Banda came into power.