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British diplomat in Slovakia gets OBE award

GILL Fraser, Chargé d’Affaires of the British Embassy in Bratislava has received a high state honour for her service overseas.

GILL Fraser, Chargé d’Affaires of the British Embassy in Bratislava has received a high state honour for her service overseas.

Previously Head of Mission of the British Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, Fraser received an Order of British Empire (OBE) for services to British interests in Libya. Since her arrival in Tripoli in 2012 she led the Embassy response to a series of major crises in a very challenging and dangerous environment. She managed the aftermath of the attack on the British Ambassador’s convoy in Benghazi in June 2012 when a close protection team member was badly wounded by a rocket propelled grenade, the UK response to the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi and the bombing of the French Embassy in Tripoli.

“I am so honoured to be given this award,” Fraser said. “While challenging and difficult at times, I look back positively at my time in Libya and remember with great fondness the excellent team I had the pleasure to work with. It was a real team effort.”

Sir Simon Fraser, Head of the Diplomatic Service, said he was particularly proud of the FCO staff recognised in the New Year Honours List.

“Each one of them has made an outstanding contribution to our country, often in difficult or dangerous situations,” he said. “They have helped British people and protected and promoted British interests with distinction. I am extremely grateful to them all, and congratulate them on their awards.”

Source: British Embassy in Bratislava

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