The United Kingdom has appointed John Casson as its next ambassador to Egypt following the retirement of James Watt from diplomatic service, announced the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Tuesday.
Casson’s most recent post was Private Secretary to Prime Minister David Cameron and began his FCO career in 1998 as a Desk Officer in the European Union Department.
“Egypt’s current period of challenge and change will shape the long-term future for Egyptians, and will be pivotal for the region” said Casson on his appointment.
He highlighted the UK’s “interest in Egypt’s political, security and economic success – and in a broad and productive relationship that delivers for British and Egyptian people alike”.
Casson served as deputy head of mission in Amman from 2007-2009 after which he was appointed head of the FCO’s Near East and North Africa Department. His other overseas postings were in Washington and Brussels.
The new ambassador received the Order of St Michael and St George in Queen Elizabeth II’s 2014 birthday honours list for his diplomatic service.
Casson said: “I am proud to have the privilege and responsibility of leading our teams in Egypt at this vital time.”
Casson’s wife Kathryn, “who has been Private Secretary to the Development Secretary from 2011 to 2014”, will join him in Cairo, said the FCO.