Whilst I was still an Ambassador in Yemen, I wrote a blog offering some tips to the newly appointed members of Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference.
Nobody ever said it would be easy – and it wasn’t. It overran by four months. Yet the ceremony concluding the conference was remarkable for the upbeat atmosphere and sense of achievement and progress.Nicholas Hopton
Last weekend, I returned to Sana’a seven months after leaving. I was invited back to attend the closing ceremony of the National Dialogue Conference. Despite slight misgivings about revisiting a city where I had lived such an intense diplomatic experience, I went – and I’m glad I did.