Paul Fox – Photo: British Embassy

New ambassador at British Embassy

Paul Fox takes over from Iain Lindsay

New British Ambassador to Hungary Paul Fox handed his credentials to President of Hungary János Áder at the Sandor Palace on October 16. Fox arrives from a posting in Moscow where he was Minister Counsellor, and he succeeds Iain Lindsay whose four-year term in Budapest ends with retirement from the UK Diplomatic Service.

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.

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