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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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27th October 2016 Istanbul, Turkey

Gareth Bayley

by Gareth Bayley

UK Special Representative for Syria

To the children inside Syria

In August, the former British Ambassador to Lebanon Tom Fletcher wrote an open letter to the children of Syria apologising for the international community’s failure to fully fund education for Syrian refugees. The letter was also a call to action to ensure donors who made pledges at the Syria London Conference in February honoured their […]

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27th October 2016 Istanbul, Turkey

Gareth Bayley

by Gareth Bayley

UK Special Representative for Syria

To the children inside Syria

In August, the former British Ambassador to Lebanon Tom Fletcher wrote an open letter to the children of Syria apologising for the international community’s failure to fully fund education for Syrian refugees. The letter was also a call to action to ensure donors who made pledges at the Syria London Conference in February honoured their […]

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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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10th December 2015 Beirut, Lebanon

Hugo Shorter

by Hugo Shorter

British Ambassador to Lebanon

Human Rights and Berytus

Preamble C: “…respect for public liberties, especially the freedom of opinion and belief, and respect for social justice and equality of rights.” Art. 7:  the right to “… be equal before the law” Art. 8: “Individual liberty is guaranteed and protected by law.” Art. 13: “The freedom to express one’s opinion orally or in writing, […]

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22nd November 2015 Beirut, Lebanon

Hugo Shorter

by Hugo Shorter

British Ambassador to Lebanon

INDEPENDENCE DAY

Independence Day is an opportunity to commemorate the birth of Lebanon as a state. This occasion comes a few months after my arrival here as Ambassador, and this weekend I have been reflecting on the nature of the Lebanese nation. Lebanon, the land of the phoenix, the eternal Cedars and 6000 years of history came […]

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31st July 2015 Beirut, Lebanon

Tom Fletcher

by Tom Fletcher

British Ambassador to Lebanon

So…Yalla, Bye

Tom Fletcher

Dear Lebanon, Sorry to write again. But I’m leaving your extraordinary country after four years. Unlike your politicians, I can’t extend my own term. When I arrived, my first email said ‘welcome to Lebanon, your files have been corrupted’. It should have continued: never think you understand it, never think you can fix it, never […]

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20th July 2015 Beirut, Lebanon

Tom Fletcher

by Tom Fletcher

British Ambassador to Lebanon

KEEP ON WALKING, LEBANON

This week I walked the coast of Lebanon, from Hamat to Beirut. I wanted to find a way to say goodbye to people that was not about protocol-heavy meetings with leaders in air conditioned rooms. My security profile meant that we could not tell anyone we were coming, slightly undermining the plan, but it still […]

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