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THE chief minister of Gibraltar has met Foreign Secretary William Hague.

Fabian Picardo MP met Mr Hague at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office yesterday. The pair discussed the border row with the Spanish.

As reported, Portsmouth-based frigate HMS Westminster, Illustrious and Bulwark visited the Rock on the way to the Mediterranean.

Type 23 frigate Westminster was visiting Gibraltar ahead of the Cougar 13 wargames.

Mr Picardo said Mr Hague reaffirmed the British Government’s commitment to the British Overseas Territory.

It came after the Spanish increased border checks, causing hours of delays for traffic entering and leaving the Rock, after Gibraltar sank a concrete block reef.