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William Hague On Working With 'Dedicated' Angelina Jolie

21/11/2017 19:38 GMT

William Hague has revealed his admiration for Angelina Jolie's crusade against sexual violence.

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In an interview with the Evening Standard, the Leader of the House of Commons credited the film star with encouraging him to step down from his role as Foreign Secretary last year.

"Angelina has done so much," he told the newspaper. "She is very, very knowledgeable about this. She is incredibly dedicated to the cause."

After listening to women's stories during visits to war-torn regions, Hague has chosen to join Jolie's campaign full-time.

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"These stories stay with you," he told the newspaper. "They are the most horrific thing I came across as foreign secretary. But the dignity with which [victims] speak is the main thing you absorb. If they can speak about these things, then the rest of us have no excuse to stay silent."

However, it was Jolie's film In the Land of Blood and Honey​ that had a major impact on his decision.

"That helped bring everything together for me," he added. "If we know so much about the crimes that are being committed, how can we not act?"

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British Foreign Secretary William Hague (C), US actress and special UN envoy Angelina Jolie (R) and her husband US actor Brad Pitt pose for pictures upon arrival on the third day of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London on June 12, 2014. The conference is the fruit of a two-year campaign by Jolie and Hague, who have visited the Democratic Republic of Congo and Bosnia to meet victims of rape during wars. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)


In 2014, Jolie joined Hague at the Global Summit on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict in London.

"You could just see attitudes change, consciousness of this issue grow in the world, governments making laws, military doctrines and the training of peacekeepers changing," he said of the event.

Hear Jolie's empowering speech from the summit below...

Angelina Jolie Opens Summit To End Wartime Sexual Violence