Former UK envoy to Kuwait recalled following affair with married colleague

March 1, 2010

Michael Aron - Daily Mail

The former UK ambassador to Kuwait had been recalled to London following news that he had an affair with a married junior colleague and that she was pregnant, a British newspaper has reported.

Michael Aron, 50, a married father of four, had been in the Kuwait job for only a year when he abruptly went back to a new desk job in Whitehall, the Daily Mail said.

His sudden exit from his post coincided with growing rumours that he had been in a relationship with his junior colleague Victoria Cumming, 35, who is now pregnant.

According to the report, Cumming, who worked at the embassy in Kuwait City, was living in the northern Arabian Gulf state with her husband of nine years David Fisk, a banker, but is now back in Britain alone.

The paper quoted the concierge at the apartment block where they lived as saying: “Oh yes, I know her, she is the very pregnant English lady. She has returned to the UK, but her husband is still living here.”

A source close to Cumming is also quoted as informing the paper that “Vicki told us all that the baby was Michael’s and made no secret of it.”

“We were all surprised because she is a married woman living with her husband. Under Sharia law she could face imprisonment if it was proved that the baby was not her husband’s, but she didn’t seem to care who knew.

“The next we knew Michael announced he was leaving just before Christmas. He said he was being promoted and returning to London. I was puzzled because he told me that his wife Rachel, who visited last summer with their two youngest children, would be coming to join him in Kuwait when her posting came to an end this year,” the source said.

Aron’s wife, Dr Rachel Aron, 48, is the British ambassador to Belgium. She is understood to be separating from her husband after 23 years and four children together. Their children are aged 23, 20, 15 and 13, Al Rai, a Kuwaiti daily, said.

The Daily Mail said that the Foreign Office refused to discuss the case, arguing that it did not “comment on the personal lives of individual employees or internal personnel issues.”

Aron, who is now deputy director of Middle East affairs for the Foreign Office in London, was contacted about the allegations he would only say “What do you want me to say?” before putting the phone down.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • University of Bahrain
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  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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