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Newsline: UK senior diplomat resigns in protest over shake-up

Liz Truss is facing a Foreign Office mutiny after a senior diplomat resigned in protest over a departmental shake-up designed to prioritise its work on Ukraine. Staff were told the Russian invasion represents a “paradigm shift” for the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and “changes the context” of its work. The leadership of the department is being reorganised to “shift our emphasis” to Ukraine, according to a message sent to staff by Sir Philip Barton, the FCDO’s permanent secretary. The memo sets out a series of changes, including the reinforcement of the senior team dedicated to the Russia-Ukraine crisis, providing clearer leadership of the departments “geographic work” and the creation of a Director General to lead development work, initially focused on the Ukraine humanitarian crisis. A new Economics Director will work on financial matters, including on sanctions. But the changes have already led to division after Moazzam Malik, who currently serves as the Director-General for Africa, “declined” a role in the restructuring. A Whitehall source told The Telegraph that Mr Malik, who was previously a Director General at the Department for International Development (DFID), “didn’t agree with the new structure or how it was being done”. (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2022/03/18/exclusive-liz-truss-faces-foreign-office-mutiny-senior-diplomat/) It is understood the reorganisation will not involve redundancies but staff are likely to be moved into different areas of the department. Some staff were told this week three areas are set to be reduced, including global health, climate and conflict, which were all formerly DFID priorities. Moazzam Malik and the FCDO did not respond to a request for comment.

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