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UK names Karen Pierce as new ambassador to Washington

Veteran U.K. diplomat Karen Pierce | Eduardo Muñoz Álvarez/Getty Images

UK names Karen Pierce as new ambassador to Washington

Pierce replaces Kim Darroch, who was forced to quit the post in December.

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2/7/20, 12:51 PM CET

Updated 2/7/20, 1:06 PM CET

LONDON — Britain has appointed veteran diplomat Karen Pierce as its new ambassador to the United States.

The U.N. ambassador and security council representative said she was “honored” to take the job, adding: “There is a deep bond between Britain and the U.S., built on many pillars.”

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the government was “proud to be sending to Washington such an outstanding diplomat.”

Pierce replaces Kim Darroch, who was forced to quit the post in December after a damaging leak of diplomatic cables revealed his criticisms of President Donald Trump’s administration.

She heads to Washington at a sensitive time for U.K. relations with the White House, with the two nations eager to strike a post-Brexit trade deal as soon as possible, despite tensions over numerous issues.

Yesterday, the FT reported the president was furious with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson after he gave Chinese tech giant Huawei the green light to build parts of the British 5G network, and the two sides are also at loggerheads over a tax for digital tech giants the U.K. government plans to bring in from April.

A Downing Street spokesman insisted the U.K. has an “excellent” working relationship with the U.S.

Pierce took on the U.N.

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