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[FSM News] Ambassador Susaia Presents Credentials in Seoul, Korea

Press Release #1304-08
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
April 23, 2013

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(FSM Embassy, Beijing) Ambassador Akillino H. Susaia presented his Letter of Credence to Her Excellency Park Geun-hye, President of the Republic of Korea during a ceremony held at the Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae) in Seoul at 2:40 pm on 18 April 2013.

The Letter of Credence was signed by His Excellency President Manny Mori designating Ambassador Susaia as the FSM Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Korea. In receiving the letter, President Park accepted Ambassador Susaia as the non-resident FSM ambassador accredited to Korea with residence in Beijing.

Ambassador Susaia presented his credentials as a part of a group ceremony which included seven other non-resident Ambassadors from Maldives, Tajikistan, Burkina Faso, Marshall Islands, Cyprus, Mali and Botswana.

Following the ceremony, President Park invited Ambassador Susaia and the other Ambassadors to her conference room for their first bilateral talks. The President welcomed the Ambassadors and expressed her appreciation for their appointment as ambassadors to South Korea.

Ambassador Susaia thanked the President for the acceptance of the Letter of Credence and stated that his appointment is a reflection of the FSM’s interest to renew its commitment to the relationship as expressed when FSM and South Korea established diplomatic relations on 05 April 1991.

Ambassador Susaia assured the President that he will work closely with relevant officials in Korea to make the relationship a fruitful one for both countries.

Ambassador Susaia further noted that the FSM and South Korea became members of the United Nations (UN) during the same General Assembly in 1991. Ever since then, the FSM has appreciated Korea’s support towards issues of interest by the FSM in the UN, which include Climate Change and other matters relating to the Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

The Ambassador also acknowledged the partnership with Korea as one of the Distant Water Fishing Nations (DWFN) working with the FSM in realizing economic benefits from the FSM’s 200 mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ). As an island nation, the FSM is faced with transportation challenges within the EEZ and plans to work with Korea on its inter-island transportation needs.

Ambassador Susaia also added that he intends to contribute positively to a cooperative relationship that is mutually beneficial and can warrant a future visit of President Mori.

President Park responded positively to Ambassador’s comments and stated that she will assign the appropriate Ministries to look into assisting the FSM in the areas of environment, fisheries and transportation.

During the visit, the Ambassador also met with the FSM Honorary Consul, Mr. Myong Jin Shin. The Honorary Consul is working closely with the Embassy in the coordination of an investment delegation to visit the FSM in the near future.

Ambassador Susaia’s visit to the Republic of South Korea is part of President Mori’s priority of pursuing economic diplomacy intended to renew and expand FSM’s relations in Asia.

Accompanying Ambassador Susaia to South Korea was Deputy Chief of Mission Carl D. Apis.

For further information, contact the FSM Embassy in Beijing at Ph: (86)1065324708 or e-mail address: embassy@fsmembassy.cn

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