Jacqueline Perkins, the new Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Belarus, has arrived in Minsk on Friday, 30 August, the UK Embassy in Belarus reports.
The new ambassador replaced Fionna Gibb who worked in Minsk for about 3,5 years.
Mrs. Perkins came to a new job with her pets – two “diplodogs” Sparky and Cassidy. According to the embassy, the pets are used to travel with their owner “through diplomatic missions”.
In Minsk, the ambassador met with Belarus Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei to present copies of credentials, the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs writes.
The parties discussed topical issues of Belarus-UK cooperation and the situation in the region. Vladimir Makei wished Jacqueline Perkins interesting and fruitful work in Belarus.
Jacqueline Perkins is a diplomat with 30 years of experience, mainly in Arab countries. She has had previous diplomatic postings in Bahrain, Cairo and Abu Dhabi.
Besides, she served at the Foreign Ministry in London and took up her post as Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Kuwait in July 2013. Since 2018 she has been learning Russian.
The new ambassador replaced Fionna Gibb who worked in Minsk for about 3,5 years. Having served a term in Belarus, the former ambassador said that feels like a Belarusian and shared her emotions on leaving the country.
In Belarus, she criticized the human rights situation, called for an investigation into the 1999-2000 high-profile disappearances, stood against domestic violence, promoted LGBT rights and abolition of the death penalty.