When Foreign Secretary William Hague raised the Union Flag over the new offices on April 25, the UK became the first EU country to return to the Somali capital since the ruinous civil war that began in the early 1990s.
Few would deny that Margaret Thatcher brought the United States and United Kingdom closer together. As I begin my tenure as British Ambassador to Washington, I look forward to playing my own small part in keeping that relationship in the best possible repair.
It is an immense privilege to return to Washington as British Ambassador, and a great honour to serve at the heart of a relationship that is not just special, but -- as our respective leaders have said -- essential.
The relationship between the UAE and Britain manifested everyday and goes far beyond a single element. It is rooted in mutual respect. And it extends to issues of global security, culture and education.
Today is Veterans Day over here, and Remembrance Day back in the UK. Despite the difference in names, the origins of the commemoration are identical: the end of the first Anglo-American military partnership.