Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Laurie Bristow

Sir Laurie Bristow KCMG has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in succession to Ms Alison Blake CMG. Sir Laurie will take up his appointment during June 2021.


Full name: Laurence Bristow

Married to: Fiona Bristow

Children: Two

2020Cabinet Office/FCDO: COP26 Regional Ambassador for China, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa
2016 to 2020Moscow, Her Majesty’s Ambassador
2012 to 2015FCO, Director, National Security
2010 to 2012FCO, Director, Eastern Europe and Central Asia
2007 to 2010Moscow, Minister and Deputy Head of Mission
2004 to 2007Baku, Her Majesty’s Ambassador
2003FCO, Deputy Director, Iraq Planning Unit/Iraq Policy Unit
2002 to 2003NATO Defence College, Rome (Senior Officers’ course)
1999 to 2002Ankara, Head of Political Section
1996 to 1998FCO, Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Europe
1995 to 1996FCO, Head of Trade Policy Section, Europe Union Department
1995FCO, Gibraltar Desk, Southern European Department
1992 to 1995Bucharest, Second Secretary
1990 to 1991FCO, Taiwan Desk Officer, Far Eastern Department
1990Joined FCO

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