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UK says unprecedented for head of friendly state to refuse to deal with envoy

LONDON (Reuters) – It is unprecedented for the head of a friendly state to refuse to deal with a British envoy, the UKs top Foreign Office civil servant said after a row involving U.S. President Donald Trump prompted the resignation of Britains ambassador to Washington.

Asked by lawmakers whether he knew of any other occasions when the head of a friendly state had refused to cooperate with a British envoy, Simon McDonald said: “None.”

Reporting by Kate Holton and Andrew MacAskill; writing by Costas Pitas; editing by Stephen Addison

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