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Sir Richard Dalton

Former U.K. Ambassador to Iran

Associate Fellow, Chatham House

Sir Richard Dalton, a British career diplomat from 1970 to 2006 had early experience in Lebanon, Jordan and Oman. From 1991-1992 he was a visiting research fellow at Chatham House and published a study on regional security architecture for the Persian Gulf region. He was responsible for dealings with the Palestinian Authority after the Oslo Accords, as Consul General in Jerusalem from 1993-1997. He returned to London as Director of Personnel at the Foreign Office in 1998.

In 1999 he re-established UK diplomatic relations with Libya as the first UK Ambassador to Tripoli for 17 years. In 2002 Sir Dalton was appointed Ambassador to Iran. He played a role in European efforts to negotiate with Iran, including the 2003 - 2006 diplomatic initiatives to prevent the development of an Iranian military nuclear capability.

In late 2008 he co-wrote the Chatham House Middle East Program report, “Iran: Breaking the Nuclear Deadlock”. From 2011 to date he has Chaired Chatham House’s Round Table on Libya.