Paul Fox, the United Kingdom’s new ambassador to Hungary, introduced himself to Hungarians in a video posted on the embassy’s official Facebook page, in which Fox shows off his excellent Hungarian skills as well. He said his aim during his tenure in Hungary would be to “maintain and further strengthen the friendship and collaboration” between the two countries.
The new Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Budapest, Paul Fox, presented his credentials to President János Áder on October 16th, and now he has also introduced himself to the Hungarian people in a Facebook video. Fox spoke in Hungarian about his family, revealed that he is an avid football fan, his team is Tottenham Hotspur, and said he had already forgiven Hungarians for the infamous 1953 Hungary-England football match ending 6:3. “Nem baj” (It’s okay), he summed up briefly in Hungarian. The new ambassador also shared that he is English and a Londoner, and promised Hungarians that he will try every tradition, and will try the delicious Hungarian foods.
On a more serious note, the Ambassador changed to English to talk about the areas in which he was counting on the continued close cooperation with the Hungarian government, business sector, civil society, and people. He named, for example, climate change, environment protection, trade, investment, academic and scientific cooperation, strengthening of shared democratic values, foreign policy, and cultural relations as his main focus points.
The ambassador said he was looking forward to the two countries’ shared achievements and working with Hungarians. He said the UK Embassy would continue to work with the Hungarian authorities to make sure that the rights of all UK nationals in Hungary are observed.
Back in July, the former Ambassador Iain Lindsay, with his vibrant social media presence, keen interest in Hungarian culture, as well as outstanding Hungarian, was one of the more colorful members of the Budapest diplomatic corps. He left his office in Hungary at the end of summer, as well as his diplomatic service at the British Foreign Office after 40 years. Lindsay gave an interview to Hungary Today, talking about Brexit, coronavirus, his time in Hungary, and his lovely Hungarian dog, Juno.
However, from this video, it seems that Paul Fox will be just as good at Hungarian as the former UK Ambassador to Hungary. According to the British government’s website, Paul Fox took up his appointment as Consul General to Dubai and the Northern Emirates in August 2015 after working as Deputy Head of Mission in Abu Dhabi for nearly three years. Before that, he was press spokesperson for two Foreign Secretaries and worked in the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
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