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A visit from HE the new British Ambassador

On Wednesday 1 June 2011, and with less than a week to go before his departure to Cairo, Her Britannic Majesty's Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt, Mr James Watt, CVO, kindly squeezed in a visit to our office at Doughty Mews, to meet with our staff team and to discuss developing stronger relationships for the future. This is the first such visit for a number of years and one that was warmly welcomed by us all at the Society.

HE The new British ambassador to Egypt, James Watt (centre), with (L-R) Chris Naunton, Karen Exell, Patricia Spencer and Roo Mitcheson.

This is a critical relationship for the Egypt Exploration Society to develop and one that brings with it an opportunity to strengthen the Society further. We are delighted that the Ambassador had time to take a tour of our archive collection and to discuss our future fieldwork strategy. Mr Watt left us with a tangible sense of how the EES intends to develop in the future and we were all bowled over by his dynamic approach and enthusiasm for our work, which he confirmed in correspondence with EES Development Director, Victoria Perry, after the visit: "I'm impressed by the quality and newness of what you're doing - and by its importance"

We are very appreciative to the Ambassador for giving us his time and support at this immensely busy moment and would like to wish Mr Watt and his family all the best for their forthcoming move to Cairo.

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