Dr. Christian Turner, the British high commissioner in Pakistan, has been promoted to a new position in London.
According to a statement posted on the UK government website, Foreign Secretary James Cleverly made the announcement.
The announcement was released by the UK’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office to announce the appointment of Dr. Christian Turner to the position of Director General Geopolitical (Political Director) (FCDO). It went on to say that this role was “equivalent to Under Secretary of State.”
The announcement said that Christian Turner, “now serving as the British High Commissioner to Pakistan, a position he has held since December 2019,” will leave Pakistan and begin his new position in London by the middle of January 2023. This comes after the usual three-year diplomatic tenure has concluded.
Christian Turner, in a statement, said: “The last three years have been some of the most rewarding of my life, both professionally and personally. I will continue closely to follow Pakistan’s future in my new role in London”.
Still, there has been no word on when a new High Commissioner for Pakistan will be named. Meanwhile, Deputy High Commissioner Andrew Dalgleish will serve as chargé d’affaires until a new High Commissioner is appointed.
The statement praised the ambassador’s work over the previous three years in Pakistan. He “played a pivotal role in the promotion of sports diplomacy,” and “oversaw the UK’s COVID-19 repatriation efforts,” it reads. Other accomplishments include doubling trade between the two countries by 2025, leading the international response to the Pakistan flood crisis, and ensuring that the UK was at the forefront of the response.