Sparkes is new British ambassador


Andrew James Sparkes CMG has been appointed British ambassador to Nepal, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) announced on Wednesday. The Nepal government has already approved Sparkes’ agremme.  “He will succeed John Tucknott MBE, who will be transferred to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Sparkes will take up his appointment during April/May 2013,” said a statement issued by the British FCO.

Sparkes recently completed a secondment to the European Union as Deputy Head of the largest EU civilian mission in the world, the EU Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo. Prior to that, he was British Ambassador to Kosovo, having previously served in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo.

On his appointment as Nepal’s envoy, Sparkes said, “It is a great privilege to be appointed British Ambassador to a country with which we have had such a special relationship for so long. I look forward to playing my part in taking that relationship forward, as Nepal redefines itself as a nation, especially through our development partnership. My goal will be to enhance the peace and prosperity of a people for whom the British have a special affection.”

Posted on: 2013-01-17 08:33