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Andrew Garth is new British ambassador to Slovakia

ANDREW Garth has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Slovak Republic replacing Chargé d’Affaires Gill Fraser at the helm of the office and will take the position on October 1, 2014.

ANDREW Garth has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Slovak Republic replacing Chargé d’Affaires Gill Fraser at the helm of the office and will take the position on October 1, 2014.

Garth presented credentials to President Andrej Kiska during the ceremony on September 18.

“It is an honour and privilege to be appointed as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Slovak Republic,” Garth told the press on May 2014. “I look forward to working with a valued EU partner, strengthening our political and economic links still further and exploring this beautiful country.”

Garth boasts considerable expertise in the sphere of economic diplomacy. He considers the search for common interests in the reform of EU and development of economic cooperation as priorities of his tenure in Slovakia, according to the TASR newswire.

Fraser who served as Chargé d’Affaires of the British Embassy in Bratislava since 2013 is returning to FCO in London and until October 1 Martin Kay will have a function of Chargé d’Affaires, according to press release.

Garth joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1988 and has held several appointments in Europe and Asia including Poland, Romania, Thailand and Taiwan. He led the EU Enlargement and Pre-accession Team at the FCO and assisted British businesses both in the UK and Overseas. Most recently, he worked at UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) supporting efforts to encourage more firms into exporting and increase UK business success overseas, according to UK Government web page.

(Source: TASR, UK Government web page, British Embassy press release)

Compiled by Roman Cuprik from press reports
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