The former British ambassador to the United States Sir Christopher Meyer has died aged 78.
She wrote: “Very sad to see former British Ambassador to the US Christopher Meyer has died.
“He was one of my predecessors, but I first met him 30 years ago when we served under Robin Renwick. He was a great diplomat and a great character. All our thoughts are with Catherine and his family.
Sir Christopher released his memoirs, DC Confidential, in 2005 recounting his time as ambassador.
It included sharp criticism of former prime minister, Tony Blair, for his handling of the period leading up to the Iraq War.
Sir Christopher spent 37 years in the British diplomatic service, culminating in his US role, which overlapped with both the Bill Clinton and George W Bush presidencies, 9/11 and wars in Afghanistan, Kosovo and Sierra Leone.
His previous diplomatic roles included serving as ambassador to Germany, and more junior postings in Spain, Brussels, and the former Soviet Union.
Reports suggested Sir Christopher had suffered a stroke while on holiday with his wife Catherine Meyer, a Tory peer and the UK’s first-ever trade envoy to Ukraine, in the French Alps.
Trade minister Penny Mordaunt wrote on Twitter: “A great public servant and friend. I loved his passion for his country, his warmth and humour.”