Background and location
Since independence in 1978, Tuvalu has been a Commonwealth realm, with a Governor-General representing The Queen in Tuvalu. Based from Tuvalu House, Dr Iftikhar A. Ayaz has represented the Government of Tuvalu in London in recent years at a consular level.
Tuvalu House is situated in South-West London (SW20).
Nature of Tuvalu's foreign relations
Since the Government of Tuvalu does not have a large, organized consular or diplomatic service, it has generally preferred to engage in ad hoc trade or political missions, where the need arises. Other than Tuvalu's High Commission in Fiji, and other contacts in the Pacific region, Tuvalu House is thus somewhat of an exception as an overseas office representing Tuvalu.
Commercial relations with the UK
While Tuvalu's commercial relations with the United Kingdom are limited, reflecting both the smallness of the country's economy and the geographical distance of Tuvalu from the UK, an updated information link is maintained with the British Chambers of Commerce (see link, below), and Tuvalu House advises further on commercial relations.
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