Hopton will be replaced by Ajay Sharma, who is currently charge d'affaires to Iran. Sharma, who moves to Qatar next month, played a role in the recent Iran nuclear negotiations and was involved in the reopening of the British Embassy in Tehran in August.
The embassy has been posting daily tweets and Facebook messages advising the 20,000 British expats in Qatar to make sure that their fun remains within the law. Otherwise, they caution, individuals run the risk of arrest or a hefty fine.
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