Peter Carter (diplomat)

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Peter Carter
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in Tallinn on Europe Day 2007
British Ambassador to Estonia
In office
December 2007 – January 2012
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Nigel Haywood
Succeeded by Christopher Holtby
Personal details
Born (1956-11-19)19 November 1956
Died 2 September 2014(2014-09-02) (aged 57)
Lagos, Nigeria
Nationality British
Alma mater New College, Oxford

Peter Leslie Carter (19 November 1956 – 2 September 2014) was a British diplomat who served as the British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria from 2012 until his death in 2014. He was previously Her Britannic Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of Estonia from 2007 until 2012.[1]

Carter was educated at The Skinners' School in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, and attended New College, Oxford, where he studied Modern Languages. He then worked for Arthur Andersen before moving to Italy, where he became a language teacher.

In 1984, he joined HM Diplomatic Service with postings at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London and New Delhi, and in 1996 went to Brussels, where he became responsible for the EU's Middle East policy. He returned to London in 1998, where he negotiated the deal between North Korea and the United Kingdom which established diplomatic relations between the two countries. In 2001, Carter became Consul General at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, and then in 2006 he served as Consul General in Milan. In December 2007 he was confirmed as the United Kingdom's Ambassador to Estonia.

Peter Carter died suddenly of a suspected heart attack on arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "UK diplomat dies after 'heart attack' in Lagos airport". 3 September 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 


Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Nigel Haywood
Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Estonia
Succeeded by
Christopher Holtby