Ivor Roberts

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Person.png Ivor Roberts   PowerbaseRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Born24 September 1946

Employment.png UK Ambassador to Italy

In office
March 2003 - 2006

Employment.png UK Ambassador to Ireland

In office
1999 - 2003
Succeeded byStewart Eldon

Sir Ivor Roberts is a retired UK diplomat who noted in 2004 that George W Bush was "al-Qa'ida's best recruiting sergeant".

Valedictory Telegram

In 2007, he gave a valedictory telegram which was "curtly dismissive"[1] of the "war on terror". The response from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office was to ignore the substance of his telegram but ban the century-old practice of valedictory telegrams from British envoys.


In 2009, Roberts edited the sixth edition of Satow's Diplomatic Practice, originally written in 1917 by Sir Ernest Satow and widely used in embassies throughout the world (Oxford University Press: 2009; ISBN 978-0-19-955927-5). It was reviewed by Sir Jeremy Greenstock later the same year.[2]

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  1. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/former-envoy-makes-devastating-attack-on-blairs-bullshit-bingo-management-culture-of-diplomacy-446358.html
  2. Greenstock, Jeremy (28 October 2009). "The rules of the game". The Times. London. Retrieved 2 May 2010.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "Scribunto").