New ambassador at British Embassy
Paul Fox takes over from Iain Lindsay
Fox said: “I will do all I can in the next few years to strengthen the strong bilateral relationship between the United Kingdom and Hungary, as well as the friendship between our nations and our peoples.
“I believe these strong ties between our countries will allow us to work together on a range of global challenges, for example the environment – a cause that will be at the heart of the activities of the British Embassy in Budapest as we prepare for the 26th UN climate summit, which will be organised in and chaired by the United Kingdom in November 2021, in partnership with Italy.
“I look forward to working with our Hungarian friends in confronting these shared challenges.”
The new ambassador is married with three daughters. Lindsay said Fox speaks exquisite Hungarian and has represented the UK in many different countries.
Previous assignments of Paul Leonard Fox:
2018-2019 Moscow, Minister Counsellor
2015-2018 Dubai, Consul-General
2012-2015 Abu Dhabi, Deputy Head of Mission
2010-2012 UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Head, Afghanistan Department
2008-2010 Warsaw, Deputy Head of Mission and Consul-General
2006-2008 Warsaw, EU/Commercial Counsellor and Consul-General
2005-2006 FCO, Deputy Director and Head of Iraq Policy Unit
2003-2005 FCO, Deputy Head, Eastern Adriatic Department
2001-2003 FCO, Deputy Head, Whitehall Liaison Department
2000-2001 FCO, Press Spokesman – Balkans, Eastern and Central Europe, Russia
1999-2000 FCO, Head, Devolution Section, Devolved Administrations Department
1996-1999 Bangkok, Commercial Officer
1994-1996 Baku, Deputy Head of Mission
1990-1993 New Delhi, Entry Clearance Officer
1988-1990 FCO, Yugoslavia Desk Officer, Eastern Europe Department
1987-1988 FCO, Yugoslavia Research Analyst, Eastern Europe Section, Research Department
Lindsay has praised Hungary as the single-most friendly EU member country toward Britain over the past four Brexit years.
He said that while much of the European press, as well as part of the British media, described the leave referendum as a misstep, the Hungarian government was the only one to express respect toward Britain’s decision, although regretting the departure of a friend.
Lindsay acknowledged that many people in Hungary have been hurt by the British decision but assured Hungarians that Britain will continue to respect their nation as a close friend and ally, and guarantee the rights of Hungarians living in the United Kingdom. “We’re not going anywhere,” he said.