The British diplomat Martin Longden has been appointed as UK’s ambassador to Libya in succession to Caroline Hurndall, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment, according to the British Foreign Ministry (Foreign and Commonwealth Office).
Longden will take up his appointment during October 2023, the Office said in a statement on Wednesday.
Martin Longden had served as Head of the Near East Department and the UK’s Special Envoy to Syria.
Prior to this he was Deputy Ambassador in the British Embassy, Kabul, between February 2015 and July 2017.
Before coming to Afghanistan Martin spent 3 years as Head of Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, responsible for the UK’s Overseas Territories.
From 2009 to 2011 he was Head of Communication at the British Embassy in Washington DC.
Other previous diplomatic roles have included Deputy Press Secretary to the Foreign Secretary and Strategic Policy Advisor working on Middle East affairs.