New UK Ambassador to Libya

Mr Michael Aron has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to Libya in succession to Sir Dominic Anthony Gerard Asquith, KCMG, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment.

Mr Aron, who has been Acting Head of Mission in Tripoli since September, will take up his appointment in January 2013.

Mr Aron joined the FCO in 1984 after studying Arabic and French at Leeds University. He has spent much of his career in the Middle East or dealing with Middle East issues in London and New York.

On his appointment as Her Majesty's Ambassador to Libya, Mr Aron has said

I am delighted to be staying in Libya after three months as acting Head of Mission. Libya is at a critical period in its history and, following on from the important contribution the United Kingdom made to the Libyan Revolution, we are determined to play a major role in support of a successful transition to a democratic state governed according to the rule of law, in line with the wishes of the Libyan people.

CURRICULUM VITAE

Full name: Michael Aron

Married to: Rachel Aron

Children: Four

Sept 2012 – Present Tripoli, Acting Head of Mission

2011 – 2012 Her Majesty’s Ambassador, Baghdad

2010 – 2011 FCO, Head of Middle East Department

2008 – 2009 Her Majesty’s Ambassador, Kuwait

2006 – 2008 Brussels, EU Director and Head of Scottish Government EU Office

2002 – 2006 UKRep Brussels, Political Counsellor

1999 – 2002 Amman, Deputy Head of Mission

1997 – 1999 FCO, Head of Comprehensive Spending Review Team (1997/98) and then Head of Management Consultancy Services (1998/99)

1996 – 1997 FCO, Deputy Head of Middle East Department

1993 – 1996 UKMis New York, First Secretary Middle East and Cyprus

1991 – 1993 FCO, Desk Officer, Middle East Peace Process, Near East and North Africa Department

1988 – 1991 Brasilia, First Secretary Commercial and Economic

1986 – 1988 FCO, Desk Officer ECD(I)

1986 Secondment to European Commission

1985 UKMis New York, Conference Support Officer 1985 General Assembly

1984 – 1985 FCO, Assistant Desk Officer for Iran, Middle East Department

(Source: UK FCO)

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