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20th September 2019 Beirut, Lebanon

Chris Rampling MBE

by Chris Rampling MBE

British Ambassador to Lebanon

12 months in Lebanon: ‘It can sometimes be hard to stay optimistic … but here’s why I do’

This time last year was one of the highlights of my career – presenting Queen Elizabeth’s letter to President Aoun that nominated me as Ambassador. The anniversary has allowed reflection on the year: for Lebanon, and for the UK. My first 12 months in Lebanon has been remarkable. Rolls Royce and MEA signed our largest […]

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19th October 2018 Beirut, Lebanon

Chris Rampling MBE

by Chris Rampling MBE

British Ambassador to Lebanon

Lebanon at first sight…my first month as British Ambassador

Chris Rampling on the Beirut Corniche

As Fayruz says….. bhebak ya lebnan. “Ahla wa sahla saadet el safir” said my welcoming team at the airport – “shoukran, please call me Chris, and do speak to me in Arabic” I said back. That was only 5 weeks ago – it seems much further back. Lebanon has a reputation for outstanding hospitality, stunning […]

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2nd December 2017 Beirut, Lebanon

Hugo Shorter

by Hugo Shorter

British Ambassador to Lebanon

Lebanon, The Message

UK Ambassador to Lebanon

This week I was invited to speak at a conference entitled: ‘From the State of Greater Lebanon to Lebanon the Message’ organised by Adyan Foundation. I was asked to share my thoughts about Lebanon; its place in the region; the past and the lessons we can take from it; and together how we can deal […]

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16th June 2017 Beirut, Lebanon

Hugo Shorter

by Hugo Shorter

British Ambassador to Lebanon

The Terrorists Won’t Win: What Does This Mean?

After each terrorist attack, we repeat to ourselves the reassuring mantra that the terrorists won’t win, and they won’t. But on one level, the mantra can sound empty. Terrorists will, sadly, continue to kill and spread fear across many regions of the world. The recent attacks and harrowing experiences of Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge […]

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8th March 2017 Beirut, Lebanon

Hugo Shorter

by Hugo Shorter

British Ambassador to Lebanon

#IWD2017: Give women the chance to succeed

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Lebanon is a beautiful country. Its young people are some of the most talented in the world; its workforce one of the best educated; its businessmen amongst the most savvy and its artists among the most creative. But there is something else I need to say […]

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21st November 2016 Beirut, Lebanon

Hugo Shorter

by Hugo Shorter

British Ambassador to Lebanon

To 365 Days of Independence

Mabrouk, Lebanon! There is a positive new mood in the country. Posters have gone up, and flags been hoisted. Just last week I was treated to a truly stately guard of honour and credentials ceremony at Baabda Palace, and was honoured to finally present my credentials to President Aoun. It has been a long time […]

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8th September 2016 Beirut, Lebanon

Hugo Shorter

by Hugo Shorter

British Ambassador to Lebanon

Presidency: Time for #IndependenceDay2

It is now a year since I took up my appointment as UK Ambassador (designate) to Lebanon. It’s time to admit that, for all the wonderful experiences of my first year in this beautiful and welcoming country, there has been one big disappointment: Lebanon’s failure to elect a new President. And this is fundamental, because […]

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25th May 2016 Beirut, Lebanon

Hugo Shorter

by Hugo Shorter

British Ambassador to Lebanon

For the love of Lebanon, elect a President

Lebanon “commemorates” today the two year anniversary since it last had a President. Notre Dame University recently marked the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s Utopia. Erasmus thought More’s genius was “such as England never had and never again will have.” But beyond his national importance to my country, I think Thomas More […]

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7th May 2016 Beirut, Lebanon

Hugo Shorter

by Hugo Shorter

British Ambassador to Lebanon

Local Elections of National Importance

Winston Churchill famously declared in 1947 that “democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” He was speaking from the floor of the House of Commons, the parliamentary chamber reserved for any “common” man or woman elected to represent the people of Britain. […]

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21st March 2016 Geneva, Switzerland

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by Julian Braithwaite

Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN and other international organisations in Geneva

The Syrian Conflict Comes to Geneva

The Syrian conflict is the source of the most immediate threats now facing the United Kingdom and Europe.  Dealing with it has become the most important agenda in Geneva. Our citizens have travelled to the conflict and came back radicalised and ready to commit acts of terrorism.  Regional rivals have been drawn into the conflict […]

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