UK PM appoints Edward Lister as special envoy for the Gulf

Edward Lister, Downing Street Chief of Staff is seen in London

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed Edward Lister as his new special envoy for the Gulf, Downing Street said on Friday.

"The Gulf is a pivotal region both economically and geopolitically. I’m very pleased to be sending Lord Udny-Lister to work with our partners there and to unlock its potential," Johnson said.

"His appointment marks my ambition to achieve a wholescale modernisation of our Gulf relationships, creating jobs and driving prosperity at home while delivering on our priorities and values overseas."

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge)