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Boris Johnson news – live: PM to meet Belarus opposition leader, as Sunak urges young people back to office

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Boris Johnson is set to meet with Belarus’ exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on Tuesday, according to reports. Politico reported the meeting would take place today, while a statement from the so-called people’s embassy of Belarus in the UK said Ms Tikhanovskaya would meet “members of the UK government” at the Foreign Office.

Meanwhile, Rishi Sunak has urged young people to return to the office if they want to get ahead. The chancellor told LinkedIn News: “The mentors I found when I first started my job I still talk to and they have been helpful to me even after we have gone in different ways.

“I doubt I would have had those strong relationships if I was doing my internship or my first bit of my career over Teams and Zoom.”

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PM to meet with Belarus opposition leader

Boris Johnson will reportedly meet Belarus’ exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on Tuesday.

Politico reported the meeting would take place today, while a statement from the so-called people’s embassy of Belarus in the UK said Ms Tikhanovskaya would meet “members of the UK government” at the Foreign Office.

Belarusians living in Britain will also stage a demonstration in Whitehall to greet Ms Tikhanovskaya, the statement said.

She met Joe Biden last week. The US president later said: “The United States stands with the people of Belarus in their quest for democracy and universal human rights.”

Ms Tikhanovskaya’s reported encounter with Mr Johnson will take place a day after a Belarusian athlete was offered asylum by Poland following her exit from the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya had criticised her coaches for entering her in a race without telling her, after which she was taken to an airport for rendition back to Belarus.

However, she informed police and was prevented from boarding the plane. Her husband has fled Belarus for Ukraine.

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Poland has long been a critic of the Belarus regime

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Get back to office to get ahead, Sunak says

Rishi Sunak has urged young people to return to the office if they want to get ahead. The chancellor told LinkedIn News: “The mentors I found when I first started my job I still talk to and they have been helpful to me even after we have gone in different ways.

“I doubt I would have had those strong relationships if I was doing my internship or my first bit of my career over Teams and Zoom.”

It follows the government’s decision to end guidance that said people should work from home if possible because of the risk posed by coronavirus.

Mr Sunak’s words came despite the people in the target age bracket not having had the chance to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

He also said the government had left it up to businesses to decide whether to require their staff return to in-person work.

He said: "In terms of a return to work, which we have said we would expect that and recommend that to be gradual from when the restrictions eased, in keeping with everything else that we are doing, it's been gradual, it's cautious, it's careful, so there will be a gradual return back to the offices and I think that is what broadly will happen."

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