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International connections

Because of Covid-19, public engagement is currently suspended. 

This means:

  • the Parliament building is closed to the public
  • all International Relations Office supported visits are postponed


International activity

Find out about the Scottish Parliament's inward and outward international visits.

Scottish Parliament international activity in Session 5 (2016-2021)


Inward visits

18 November 2021

Jack Hillmeyer, Consul General of the United States: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Issues discussed

  • Topical issues in Scotland and the USA
  • Work of the Scottish Parliament

Read tweet about meeting with the Consul General

10 November 2021

Annette Lind MP, Vice President of the Nordic Council and Kristina Háfoss, Secretary General of the Nordic Council: Meeting with the Presiding Officer at joint COP26 event

Issues discussed

  • Role of parliaments and parliamentarians in the scrutiny of government climate policies
  • Climate emergency and net zero transition

Read tweet about the Nordic Council / Scottish Parliament COP26 event

10 November 2021

Members of the California State Senate: Meeting with members of the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee

Issues discussed

  • COP26
  • Energy, climate emergency and net zero transition

Read tweet about meeting with the Senate Members

9 November 2021

Thekla Walker MP, Baden-Württemberg Minister of the Environment, Climate and Energy: Meeting with members of the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee

Issues discussed

  • COP26
  • Energy, climate emergency and net zero transition

Read tweet about meeting with the Minister

5 November 2021

Stephen Twigg, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA): Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Issues discussed

  • Work of the CPA and CPA Scotland Branch
  • Climate emergency and net zero transition

Read tweet about meeting with the Secretary-General

5 November 2021

Senator Rosa Galvez, Canadian Federal Parliament: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Issues discussed

  • COP26, climate emergency and net zero transition
  • Topical issues in Scotland and Canada

Read tweet about meeting with the Senator

5 November 2021

Benoit Charette MNA, Quebec Minister of the Environment: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Issues discussed

  • COP26, energy, climate emergency and net zero transition
  • Topical issues in Scotland and Quebec

Read tweet about meeting with the Minister

5 November 2021

Mohamed Nasheed, Speaker of the Maldives Parliament: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Issues discussed

  • COP26, climate emergency and net zero transition

Read tweet about meeting with the Speaker

5 November 2021

Samuelu Teo, Speaker of the Tuvalu Parliament: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Issues discussed

  • CO26, climate emergency and net zero transition

Read tweet about meeting with the Speaker

2 November 2021

The Hon Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Issued discussed

  • COP26, climate emergency and net zero transition
  • Topical issues in Scotland and Bangladesh

Read tweet about meeting with the Prime Minister

28 October 2021

Dr Gabriele Andretta, President of the State Parliament of Lower Saxony : Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Issued discussed

  • Practices, policies and procedures of both parliaments
  • Encouraging diversity in parliament
  • Interparliamentary relations

Read tweet about meeting with the President

7 October 2021

João Vale de Almeida, Ambassador, Delegation of the European Union in the UK: Meeting with Deputy Presiding Officer Liam McArthur MSP

Issued discussed

  • Topical issues in Scotland and the EU
  • Work of the Scottish Parliament

Read tweet about meeting with the Ambassador

6 October 2021

Dr Andreas Zimmer, Consul General of Germany: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Issued discussed

  • Interparliamentary relations (Federal and Lander)
  • Topical issues in Scotland and Germany

Read tweet about meeting with the Consul General

29 September 2021

H.E. Angela Ponomariov, Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova: Meeting with Deputy Presiding Officer Annabelle Ewing MSP

Issued discussed

  • Topical issues in Scotland and Moldova
  • Work of the Scottish Parliament
  • Interparliamentary relations

Read tweet about meeting with the Ambassador

28 September 2021

Jane McCulloch, Consul General of Ireland: Meeting with Deputy Presiding Officer Annabelle Ewing MSP

Issued discussed

  • Interparliamentary relations
  • Work of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly (BIPA)

Read tweet about meeting with the Consul General

23 September 2021

H.E. Mr José Pascual Marco, Ambassador of Spain: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Issued discussed

  • Topical issues in Scotland and Spain
  • Work of the Scottish Parliament
  • Interparliamentary relations

Read tweet about meeting with the Ambassador

16 September 2021

H.E. Sophie Katsarava MBE, Ambassador of Georgia: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Issued discussed

  • Topical issues in Scotland and Georgia
  • Work of the Scottish Parliament
  • Interparliamentary relations

Read tweet about meeting with the Ambassador


Virtual meetings in 2021

8 October 2021

François Paradis MNA, President, National Assembly of Quebec: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Issues discussed:

  • Practices, policies and procedures of both parliaments
  • Interparliamentary relations

Read tweet about meeting with the President

30 September 2021

Rt Hon Trevor Mallard, Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Issued discussed

  • Practices, policies and procedures of both parliaments
  • Interparliamentary relations

Read tweet about meeting with the Speaker

21-22 September 2021

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), British Islands and Mediterranean Region Annual Conference, Belfast: Attended by Sarah Boyack MSP and Stuart McMillan MSP

Read tweet about CPA annual conference

13 September 2021

Dr Gabrielle Andretta MdL, President of the State Parliament of Lower Saxony: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Issued discussed

  • Practices, policies and procedures of both parliaments
  • Interparliamentary relations

Read tweet about meeting with the President

7 September 2021

Ilse Aigner MdL, President of the State Parliament of Bavaria: Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Issues discussed

  • Interparliamentary relations
  • Topical issues in Scotland and Bavaria

Read tweet about meeting with the President

16 June 2021

Jane McCulloch, Consul General of Ireland: Meeting with the Presiding Officer 

Issues discussed

  • Work of the Scottish Parliament
  • Interparliamentary relations

Read tweet about meeting with the Consul General