Peter Millett

Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

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29th July 2015 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

When Perfect is the Enemy of Good

“Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good” said French writer Voltaire.  This saying is relevant to our personal lives and to our actions at work.  It is also true in politics.  And it springs to mind with the current situation in Libya. At a personal level, we would all like to strive […]

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30th June 2015 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

For the Libyan People

I spent most of the first week in my new job as British Ambassador to Libya in Skhirat, Morocco. It was a good chance to meet and get to know the members of the Libyan Political Dialogue. Before arriving in Tunis I concentrated on trying to get an understanding of Libya. If you want to […]

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18th February 2015 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Dear Jordan, Our love affair has lasted for four years. But I’m afraid it’s time to break up. I have to leave. It’s going to be hard to do. As Juliet said to Romeo: “parting is such sweet sorrow”. We will be really sad, but it’s time to move on. Of course I knew from […]

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7th February 2015 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

The Jobs Challenge

In the charming Jordanian film Captain Abu Raed, a young boy from East Amman tells his friends that people like us don’t get good jobs. In the end, he becomes a commercial pilot with Royal Jordanian. The point is that getting a job shouldn’t depend on where you are from or what your connections are. […]

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21st January 2015 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

Our Common Agenda

The headlines have been full of conflict and argument about extremism and fanaticism. Yet there is a paradox in the debate. On the one hand “We Are All Charlie” and “We Are All Moath”. But on the other there is a perception of conflict between “The West” and Islam. Language which emphasises “jihad” or “crusade” […]

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7th January 2015 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

Time to Stand and Stare

These days everyone seems to be in a hurry. Having a “busy schedule” has almost become a badge of honour of modern life. Employees rush from one meeting to the next; parents try to cram in lots of activities for their children; we hardly have time to stop and appreciate the world around us. It […]

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10th December 2014 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

Who Needs Diplomats?

Diplomacy is an old profession. Over two thousand years ago Greek city states used to send envoys to negotiate war, peace and trade. But surely with new technology, governments don’t need intermediaries? They can use the internet, videoconferencing and Skype to talk to each other. And with multiple news websites, instant reporting and people uploading […]

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26th November 2014 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

Tunisia: Top of the Class?

Last week I visited Tunisia for a conference. The preparations for last weekend’s Presidential elections were in full swing.   As the taxi driver who drove me from the airport said: “We are proud to be Tunisians: top of the Arab Spring Class of 2011.” Sunday’s vote was indeed the first freely contested Presidential election in […]

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12th November 2014 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

Trashy Stories

Walking down from the Citadel to the centre of Amman a few weeks ago, we saw three boys sitting by the steps. I was showing some guests around, tourists from Britain.  The boys were about 7 – 8 years old and were eating crisps and drinking juice, watching people climbing and descending the stairs that […]

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29th October 2014 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

Aramram: Challenge and Controversy

Life would be dull if we all agreed with each other. Fortunately, differences of opinion are inevitable. They are also healthy. Whether disagreement revolves around what to watch on TV or where to eat, an open discussion will often lead to a better choice being made. The same applies to policy issues. An exchange of […]

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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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