- A senior British diplomat, Stephen has died after contracting coronavirus
- The deputy head of mission at the British embassy in Budapest passed away shortly after contracting the disease
- His parents said he had been very happy representing our country overseas
- Stephen joined the Foreign Office in 2008 and has also worked in British embassies in Riyadh and Kabul
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A senior British diplomat stationed in Hungary has died after contracting coronavirus
Steven, the deputy head of mission at the British embassy in Budapest, passed away on Tuesday, March 24, after testing positive for the COVID-19 disease.
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United Kingdom (UK's) Foreign and Commonwealth Office said on Wednesday, March 25, the diplomat was dedicated and that he represented his country with great skill and passion.
"Steven was a dear colleague and friend who had made a tremendous impression in Hungary since his arrival in October 2019, " the British ambassador to Hungary, said in a statement.
"With his personal warmth and his sheer professionalism, not least his excellent Hungarian, we will miss him so much," he added.
The 37-year-old joined the Foreign Office in 2008 and had also worked in British embassies in Riyadh and Kabul, according to his biography on the UK government's website.
His role of Deputy Head of Mission made him a key adviser to the UK's Ambassador to Hungary, Iain Lindsay.
Steven had also worked in the UK government's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
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"Steven was a much-loved son, grandson and nephew," Stephen's parents said in a statement.
"He was kind, funny and generous. It was always his dream to work for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and he was happy representing our country overseas," they added.
The UK has recorded more than 8,000 coronavirus cases and 435 deaths, while Hungary has 226 cases and 10 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University on March 25.
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