July 10, 2019 / 12:27 PM / 3 months ago

UK says unprecedented for head of friendly state to refuse to deal with envoy

LONDON, July 10 (Reuters) - It is unprecedented for the head of a friendly state to refuse to deal with a British envoy, the UK’s top Foreign Office civil servant said after a row involving U.S. President Donald Trump prompted the resignation of Britain’s ambassador to Washington.

Asked by lawmakers whether he knew of any other occasions when the head of a friendly state had refused to cooperate with a British envoy, Simon McDonald said: “None.” (Reporting by Kate Holton and Andrew MacAskill; writing by Costas Pitas; editing by Stephen Addison)

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