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ARGENTINA | 04-12-2020 21:02

Kirsty Hayes named Britain's next ambassador to Argentina

British Embassy confirms that Kirsty Hayes has been appointed as the next UK ambassador to Buenos Aires, replacing the departing Mark Kent.

The British Embassy announced Friday that Mrs Kirsty Hayes has been appointed the next UK ambassador to Argentina.

Hayes, 43, previously served as London's envoy to Portugal from 2014 to 2018 and will replace departing ambassador Mark Kent.

Married to a fellow diplomat, Peter Hayes, who previously served as Commissioner of the British Indian Ocean Territory and the British Antarctic Territory, the new British envoy to Argentina will take up her post in September 2021.

Kent confirmed his departure from Buenos Aires earlier this year. The ambassador has proven to be a popular representative for the United Kingdom, garnering tens of thousands of followers on Twitter with his playful yet professional approach to diplomatic relations.

The news, which was confirmed by Britain's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in a statement, prompted immediate congratulations from Kent, though some of the ambassador's 75,000+ followers on Twitter expressed their sadness at his pending departure.

Perhaps indicating her own mastery of Twitter, Hayes responded to one user who wrote that they were sad to lose the outgoing ambassador. "The only downside to the job - having to follow the legend that is @KentArgentina," she wrote, adding the hashtags '#hardacttofollow' and '#bigshoes.'

Hayes, a mother to a daughter and a son, joined the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in 1999 and has had postings in Washington and Hong Kong, as well as spending three years in Sri Lanka accompanying her husband in his role as High Commissioner. 

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James Grainger

Editor-in-Chief, Buenos Aires Times.

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