Chester’s MP Chris Matheson has visited the Falkland Islands on a cross-party parliamentary delegation.
The city MP laid a wreath at the memorial to those who had died liberating the islands after the Argentinian invasion in 1982.
Mr Matheson said: “It was important for me to pay my respects to the servicemen who gave their lives in 1982 to free the Falkland Islanders after the invasion. Although the war was 30 years ago I still have vivid memories of it – and of course, so do the islanders.”
He met local business leaders, UK military commanders and political representatives, to learn about how the UK is supporting the islanders and how they are developing their local economy.
He added: “I was warmly received by the island community, who are, of necessity, resourceful and entrepreneurial. Whether it is through agriculture, fishing, oil or now tourism, they are trying to make a success in surroundings that, while bleak, are also beautiful.
“I was struck by how very British the islanders are, despite living 8000 miles away, and I fully support their right to self-determination. They have been British for 200 years and more, they want to remain British and they should be supported to do so.”