Michael Aron

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Michael Aron (born 22 March 1959) is a British diplomat who has been Ambassador to Kuwait, Iraq, Libya and Sudan, and is ambassador to Yemen.

Career[edit]

Michael Douglas Aron was educated at Exeter School, Leeds University and the Polytechnic of Central London. He taught English in Sudan before joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1984. He has served at New York, Brasilia and Brussels. He was Ambassador to Kuwait 2008–09, Head of the Middle East Department at the FCO 2010–11, Ambassador to Iraq 2011–12, acting Head of Mission at Tripoli September 2012 to January 2013, and Ambassador to Libya from January 2013[1][2] until June 2015.[3]

After the outbreak of the Libyan Civil War in 2014, Aron supervised the evacuation of British citizens from Tripoli on the Royal Navy survey ship HMS Enterprise. He and his remaining staff then closed the embassy and left Libya to set up a temporary office in Tunis.[4]

In April 2015, Aron was appointed Ambassador to the Republic of Sudan, and took up the appointment in August of that year.[5] In February 2018 he was transferred at short notice to be Ambassador to Yemen.[6]

Family[edit]

Michael Aron was married to Rachel (née Barker) who was also a diplomat, now retired after being British Ambassador to Belgium 2007–10. They have two sons and two daughters.[7] They divorced in 2016.

References[edit]

  1. ^ ARON, Michael Douglas, Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2013
  2. ^ Change of Her Majesty's Ambassador to Libya, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, 14 January 2013
  3. ^ Change of Her Majesty's Ambassador to Libya, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, 10 April 2015
  4. ^ Spencer, Richard (3 August 2014). "Royal Navy evacuates 100 Britons from Libya as fighting worsens". The Telegraph. London. 
  5. ^ Change of Her Majesty's Ambassador to Sudan, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, 10 April 2015
  6. ^ Change of Her Majesty's Ambassador to Yemen, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, 23 February 2018
  7. ^ ARON, Rachel Ann Golding, Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2013
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Stuart Laing
British Ambassador to Kuwait
2008–2009
Succeeded by
Frank Baker
Preceded by
John Jenkins
British Ambassador to Iraq
2011–2012
Succeeded by
Simon Collis
Preceded by
Sir Dominic Asquith
British Ambassador to Libya
2013–2015
Succeeded by
Peter Millett
Preceded by
Peter Tibber
British Ambassador to Sudan
2015–2018
Succeeded by
Irfan Siddiq
Preceded by
Simon Shercliff
British Ambassador to Yemen
2018–present
Incumbent