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Ambassador Darroch presents credentials to President

 

Washington, DC (28 January, 2016) – Ambassador Sir Kim Darroch presented his credentials as Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the United States to President Obama today and so began his tenure as the British Ambassador to the United States.

Sir Kim said: “I am delighted to be appointed as British Ambassador to the United States.  I look forward to working with our American counterparts to strengthen US-UK relations. I am honoured that as Ambassador to the United States, I will have the chance to play a small role in upholding the “special relationship,” a partnership that has stood the test of generations, and continues to promote our shared values, common prosperity and mutual security.”

Kim Darroch served as National Security Advisor to the UK Prime Minister, from January 2012 to September 2015. In that role, he was Secretary of the National Security Council and led the National Security Team on issues such as the rise of Daesh in Iraq and Syria, Russian aggression in Ukraine, the nuclear threat from Iran and the collapse of government authority in Libya.

Prior to his appointment as National Security Advisor, Kim served in Brussels as the UK Permanent Representative to the European Union from 2007 to 2011, representing UK interests in areas such as enlargement, the aftermath of the financial crisis, and the issues around European integration. From 2004 to 2007, Kim served as EU Advisor to the Prime Minister and Head of the Cabinet Office European Secretariat.

Earlier in his career, Kim served in a wide range of positions and policy specialities, including Private Secretary to the Minister of State responsible for the Middle East, Head of the Adriatic Department during the Dayton Accord negotiations, and Head of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office News Department. In addition to two postings to Brussels, Kim has completed tours in Tokyo and Rome.

Kim was born in the village of South Stanley, County Durham in the North of England in April 1954. He attended Durham University, where he read Zoology, and joined the Diplomatic Service in 1977.

 Kim married his wife, Vanessa, in 1978. They have two grown up children, Simon and Georgina.