Peter Millett

Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

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11th July 2016 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

Getting To Know Libya

Since the Presidency Council arrived in Tripoli, I have had the pleasure of visiting the city five times.  The most recent visit was during Ramadan. The first impression was the welcome I received and the friendliness of the people.  From my arrival at Matiga to the staff in the offices, there was a warm welcome […]

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6th June 2016 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

Ramadan Mubarak

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Today marks the first day of Ramadan.  It is the source of many misunderstandings for non-Muslims.  Some people might regard it as inappropriate for a non-Muslim to comment on this religious practice.  But, as seen by an outsider, it a central to life in the Arab world.  Moreover, the true purpose on Ramadan is very […]

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6th May 2016 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

The Beautiful Game

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Leicester.  Where’s that?  And how do you pronounce it?  Is it “Lye-Chest-er” or “Lester”. This Midlands town is now well-known all round the world after their team, Leicester City became the English football champions.  It is a remarkable story of a team that was fighting for survival last year.  The team – known locally as […]

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22nd April 2016 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

A Taste of Tripoli

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It’s not possible to understand a country without going to it.  Even if you meet lots of its citizens and read lots of books, you have to go there to see it, meet the people and get under its skin. So far I have been unable to visit Libya.  I have met many Libyans in […]

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4th April 2016 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

Better Bend than Break

What is better?  To bend and survive or to break and fail?  This question is central to the concept of compromise. No one can expect to get everything they want.  Winning feels good, but is not always possible.  In all aspects of life, finding the middle ground is often the most sensible and pragmatic way […]

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3rd March 2016 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

A Nation In Ruins

A few weeks ago a BBC journalist visited Leptis Magna, on the coast east of Tripoli.  It contains the remains of one of the most spectacular cities of the Roman Empire with its imposing public monuments, harbour, market-place and residential district. The report included a picture of a lone man standing guard over the ruins.  […]

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2nd February 2016 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

Corruption versus Rule of Law

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Libya is one of the ten most corrupt countries in the world. So said a report issued by Transparency International last week. So what? Who cares if the wealth of a country is siphoned off into private hands? The people should care. Corruption is the enemy of progress: it stifles development, marginalises prosperity, and undermines […]

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26th December 2015 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

Great Expectations

An orphan, Pip lives with a blacksmith in Victorian England. He dreams of becoming a gentleman. Through many ups and downs, he learns lessons about love and friendship, loyalty and injustice, disappointment and happiness. His experiences eventually make him a better and happier person. This is the theme of Great Expectations, one of the most […]

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24th November 2015 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

Education: Turning Mirrors into Windows

“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.”  Is this quotation relevant to today’s Libya? Definitely.  The Libyan economy is going down the drain.  Oil production and prices are down; the country is spending more than it earns; the black market exchange rate is going up; the cost of living for ordinary […]

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29th October 2015 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

Partnership is the Way

The people who work for us on Libya got together last month. British Embassy and British Council. Brits and Libyans.  The aim was to look at the partnership between different organisations and different people all working for the same goals. To help us work together as a team, we had some open exchanges. The most […]

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About Peter Millett

Peter arrived in Tunis on 23 June 2015 to take up his post as
Ambassador to Libya.
Previously he was British Ambassador to Jordan from February 2011 to June 2015.
He was High Commissioner to Cyprus from 2005 – 2010.
He was Director of Security in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
from 2002-2005, dealing with all aspects of security for British
diplomatic missions overseas.
From 1997-2001 he served as Deputy Head of Mission in Athens.
From 1993-96 Mr Millett was Head of Personnel Policy in the FCO.
From 1989-93 he held the post of First Secretary (Energy) in the UK
Representative Office to the European Union in Brussels, representing
the UK on all energy and nuclear issues.
From 1981-1985 he served as Second Secretary (Political) in Doha.
Peter was born in 1955 in London.  He is married to June Millett and
has three daughters, born in 1984, 1987 and 1991.  
His interests include his family, tennis and travel.

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