LONDON Armani Watts Chiefs Jersey , Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- Britain's Defense Secretary Sir Michael Fallon resigned Wednesday night, becoming the first big political casualty of a "sex pest" scandal engulfing Westminster.
Fallon wrote to prime minister Theresa May, telling her he was resigning from her front bench cabinet.
Downing Street confirmed the resignation, saying that May had written to the defense chief Dorian O'Daniel Chiefs Jersey , accepting his resignation.
May wrote to Fallon: "I appreciate the characteristically serious manner in which you have considered your position, and the particular example you wish to set to servicemen and women and others."
She praised the way he had championed Britain's armed forces during his three and a half years as Defense Secretary, and the way he had held the job during a time when Britain faced threats of terrorism.
Political commentators said his resignation will come as a major blow to May, losing one of her most supportive and dependable ministers.
The move came just hours after May told MPs in the House of Commons that she had called a meeting of the main party leaders next week to discuss how parliament should handle complaints about sexual harassment by politicians at Westminster.
Earlier this week Derrick Nnadi Chiefs Jersey , Fallon admitted that he had put his hand on the knee of a radio presenter at a dinner 15 years ago at a Conservative Party conference.
In his letter to the Prime Minister, Fallon said: "A number of allegations have surfaced about MPs in recent days, including some about my previous conduct."
"Many of these have been false but I accept in the past I have fallen below the high standards that we require of the Armed Forces that I have the honor to represent. I have reflected on my position and I am therefore resigning as Defense Secretary."
He added in a statement: "It has been a privilege to have served as Defence Secretary for the last three and half years, and I have nothing but admiration for the professionalism Breeland Speaks Chiefs Jersey , bravery and service of those men and women who keep us safe."
The broadcaster at the center of the knee-touching incident, Julia Hartley-Brewer, had spoken about the incident, but she did not reveal his identity.
"I have had no issues since with the man in question and do not regard the incident as anything but mildly amusing Tanoh Kpassagnon Chiefs Jersey , which is why I have declined to name him."
The Daily Telegraph said the resignation has come amid a growing sexual harassment scandal at Westminster, with some 40 Conservative MPs being named in a so-called "dirty dossier" compiled by party staff of politicians against whom accusations have been made.
BEIJING, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- The China Coast Guard and the Philippines Coast Guard met in Beijing Tuesday to exchange ideas on cooperation and matters of mutual concern.
This is the first meeting of the Joint Coast Guard Committee on Maritime Cooperation established this February by the Chinese and Philippine coast guards to enhance mutual trust and expand cooperation.
The meeting was in implementation of a memorandum of understanding between the two coast guards on the establishment of the committee, which was signed in October last year witnessed by the presidents of China and the Philippines.
At the committee meeting Chris Conley Chiefs Jersey , the two sides believed that developing friendly cooperative relations between coast guards of the two countries can help safeguard security and order at sea in this region and complies with the fundamental interests of the two countries and two peoples.
The two sides agreed to focus on cooperation like information exchange and capacity building in cracking down on cross-border maritime crimes, and in drug control as well as search and rescue at the sea.
It was also agreed that Coast Guard ships of the two countries will visit each other and conduct joint exercises in the first half of next year.
The committee is scheduled to hold its second meeting in Guangdong Province, south China, in the first half of 2018.
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