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UK's New Iraq Envoy Creates Headache

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TEHRAN, June 16 (ICANA) – Britain's newly appointed ambassador to Iraq has created headache for some people inside the host country even before taking up the job.
Thursday, June 16, 2011 4:56:47 PM
UK's New Iraq Envoy Creates Headache

On Tuesday 7 June, the UK government tasked Michael Aron, its former ambassador to Kuwait, to represent the country in Iraq replacing John Jenkins.

Aron, who is known to be a close friend to former Iraqi Prime Minister, Ayad Allawi, was summoned by the Foreign Office from Kuwait in February 2010 after it was revealed he had an affair with Victoria Cumming, who is 15 years his junior.

Cumming, 36, worked at the British embassy in Kuwait City and was married to the Kuwait-based bank executive David Fisk.

The daily The Mail on Sunday reported at the time that Britain's ambassador to Kuwait has left his post following claims that he had an affair with a married Embassy worker who is now pregnant.

A source close to Cumming was quoted as saying, "Vicki told us all that the baby was Michael's and made no secret of it."

Aron had been married to Rachel Aron, 49, the former British ambassador to Belgium, for 24 years and the couple have four children. They are now understood to have separated.

He joined the British Foreign Office in 1984 and served at the British Embassies in Brasilia and Amman and at the UK Permanent Mission to the UN in New York and the Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels before becoming Ambassador to Kuwait in 2008.

However, the revelation could have a major 'negative' impact on Allawi's image in Iraq who has an old friendship with the new UK ambassador.

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