Press Release: Bairiki Tarawa 24 February 2015
Four new ambassadors’ met with President Anote Tong last Monday to present their Letters of Credence as accredited Ambassadors’ to the Republic of Kiribati.
The visiting foreign diplomats include the U.S. Ambassador Ms. Judith Beth Cefkin, from the Netherlands – Dutch Ambassador Mr. Robert Willem Zaagman, Spanish Ambassador Mr. Manuel Viturro de la Tore and German Ambassador Dr. Anne-Marie Schleich.
All four diplomats are accredited Ambassadors’ to Kiribati after presenting their respective Letters of Credentials before Kiribati President His Excellency Anote Tong last Monday.
President Tong hosted the new ambassadors’ to an international cocktail reception last Monday where Tong spoke of the realization that we are one planet and as such there is greater need for global collaboration on the opportunities and challenges that the changing world pose such as climate change, sustainable development and fisheries to name but a few.
In his remarks on Monday night, President Tong reflected on the cordial relationship between Kiribati and the four countries and is confident that there is much to build on in pursuit of our mutual needs and promotion of the welfare of our peoples.
The Ambassadors’ from Germany, Spain and the Netherlands, as members of the European Union, will be visiting EU-funded projects in the country specifically the EU – Environmentally Safe Aggregates to Tarawa (ESAT) project, the EU – Solar Energy Project (School and business Solar PV equipment) as well as EU – Kiribati Water and Sanitation project.
Meanwhile, US Ambassador Judith Cefkin will be officiating a ground-breaking ceremony in North Tarawa for a brand new health clinic funded by USAid.
All four ambassadors’, who are non-resident in Kiribati, depart for their respective missions on Thursday.