Published Thursday, November 19, 2020New British ambassador
starts his duties
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Ben Lyster-Binns, Her Majesty’s ambassador-designate to Costa Rica and non-resident ambassador to Nicaragua, presented his credentials to Adriana Bolaños Argueta, Vice Minister for Bilateral Affairs and International Cooperation.
"The ambassador Lyster-Binns looks forward to working closely with Costa Rica on a wide range of issues, with the aim of continuing to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two nations," the British Embassy said in its statement.
On Nov. 2, the U.K Foreign & Commonwealth Office announced the new ambassador.
According to the British government statement, Lyster joined the Diplomatic Service in 1989 and has carried out a variety of roles in London, most recently as Head of the Joint FCO-DFID Somalia Unit.
"His previous overseas postings were to Uruguay, where he served as Ambassador from 2012 to 2016 and Lisbon, where he was Deputy Head of Mission," the Foreign & Commonwealth Office said in its statement.
The new ambassador Lyster-Binns has also served in Lilongwe (Malawi) as Aid and Development Secretary and in Muscat (Oman) as Political, Press and Public Affairs Officer.
"Ben is married with three children,” the Public Affairs Office said.
The Ambassador represents Her Majesty The Queen and the UK government in both countries. Lyster-Binns is responsible for the direction and work of the Embassy and its Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations and consular services.
Lyster-Binns takes command of the embassy after the departure of the former ambassador Ross Patrick Denny in October, who has been the UK's ambassador since 2015.
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