Mr Rob Macaire CMG has been appointed as the UK’s Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran in succession to Mr Nicholas Hopton, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Macaire will take up his appointment in April 2018.
Mr Macaire rejoins the diplomatic service following five years as Director of Government/Public Affairs and Political Risk at BG Group plc, the UK-based multinational oil and gas company that was taken over by Shell.
Commenting on the appointment, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said:
“Iran has an important role to play in the Middle East region, but it is essential that it does so in a constructive way – something I made clear during my visit to Tehran in December last year. The Iran deal, signed in 2015, was a huge diplomatic success. The product of years of patient and persistent diplomacy that extinguished the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.
“In that vein, I am pleased that Rob will be applying his wealth of international experience to leading the government’s engagement in Tehran. We face challenges – including the ongoing cases of British dual-nationals detained in Iran – and areas for potential collaboration. I look forward to working with him across these areas.“
Mr Macaire said:
“I am honoured to be appointed the new British Ambassador to Iran. The UK’s continued engagement with Iran is vital to our goal of making the Middle East region a safer and more stable place.
“I look forward to working with the Government of Iran and with international partners to preserve the nuclear deal and deepen our bilateral relationship, through constructive engagement on human rights, trade, and seeking political solutions to the conflicts in Yemen, Syria and elsewhere.“
(Source: UK FCO)