On August 2nd, Lebanon welcomed a new British Ambassador, Hamish Cowell, following the departure of the former Ambassador, Ian Collard, on July 8th.
Cowell is familiar with the Middle East, he was the British Ambassador to Tunisia from 2013 to 2017, and to Oman from 2017 to 2021.
He worked in the British Embassy in Cairo, Teheran, and Paris, and was also the head of FCO’s Libya Crisis Unit and the North Africa Department.
The new Ambassador served in the UK “as the Foreign Secretary’s Speechwriter, as Private Secretary to Minister of State, and in the Prime Minister’s Press Office.”
On Tuesday, the ambassador stated in a tweet:
“I had the honor to present my credentials to the President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, as the new British ambassador to Lebanon, and emphasized the partnership and close friendship between Britain and Lebanon.”
“There is much we can do together to face the current challenges and create opportunities for the future,” he added.