Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Qatar
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Mr Nicholas Hopton has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to Qatar.
He will succeed to Mr Michael O’Neill, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Hopton will take up his appointment in July 2013.
Mr Hopton joined the FCO in 1989 and has served most recently as Ambassador to Yemen. He has worked on national security issues in the Cabinet Office, led the International Organisations Department in the FCO and has European policy experience from postings in Paris and Rome and time as Private Secretary to the Minister for Europe.
On his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Qatar, Mr Hopton has said:
I am delighted to be going to work in Doha at this important time. Qatar is a remarkable country making a huge political and economic impact across the region. The UK values highly the historical relationship that binds our two nations tightly together. I look forward to working with Qatar’s leaders to make our partnership even stronger and more effective.
|Full name:||Nicholas Dunster Hopton|
|Married to:||Alejandra Echenique de Hopton|
|Children:||Two daughters, three sons|
|2012 – 2013||Sana’a, Her Majesty’s Ambassador|
|2011||Full-time language training (Arabic)|
|2008 – 2011||FCO, Head, International Organisations Department|
|2008||No 10, Policy Unit|
|2007 – 2008||Cabinet Office, National Security Strategy Team|
|2003 – 2007||Paris, Counsellor (EU and Economic)|
|2000 – 2003||Rome, First Secretary (Foreign and Security Policy)|
|1998 – 2000||FCO, Private Secretary to the Minister for Europe|
|1997 – 1998||FCO, Agenda 2000 Section Head, European Union Department (Internal)|
|1995 – 1997||FCO, Press Officer, News Department / Resource Planning Department|
|1991 – 1995||Rabat (and Nouakchott), Second Secretary (Political/ Information)|
|1990 – 1991||FCO, Assistant Desk Officer, European Community Department (External)|
|1989||FCO, Assistant Desk Officer, Middle East Department|
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