Governor General Commissions Diplomats

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The new High Commissioner to Taiwan, His Excellency Waleanisia, third from left, with the Governor General Sir Frank Kabui, centre and Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon Milner Tozaka at the commissioning ceremony at the Government House.

Two Solomon Islands diplomats have been commissioned by the Governor General Sir Frank Kabui at the Government House today.

His Excellency, Joseph Pius Waleanisia has been commissioned as the new Solomon Islands Ambassador to the Republic of China (Taiwan) while His Excellency John Patterson Oti was commissioned as Solomon Islands Non-resident High Commissioner to the Republic of Vanuatu.

His Excellency Oti is the current Solomon Islands High Commissioner to the Republic of Fiji, based in Suva.

His Excellency Waleanisia had served as Secretary to the Prime Minister prior to his ambassadorial appointment.

The Governor General Sir Frank Kabui expressed confidence in the two diplomats and reminded them of their foremost tasks to represent and promote the interests of the Government of Solomon Islands in the country to which they have been accredited.

From Left to Right; Minister of Foreign-Affairs and External Trade, Hon Milner Tozaka, Governor General, Sir Frank Kabui and Non-Resident High Commissioner to Vanuatu, His Excellency John Patterson Oti.
From Left to Right; Minister of Foreign-Affairs and External Trade, Hon Milner Tozaka, Governor General, Sir Frank Kabui and Non-Resident High Commissioner to Vanuatu, His Excellency John Patterson Oti at the Commissioning Ceremony.

“The Government and people of Solomon Islands expect you to provide sound advice and deliberation on all matters during your tenure of office since you are the link between Solomon Islands Government and the Government of the countries to which you have been accredited,” Sir Frank said.

Sir Frank said the maintenance of permanent diplomatic missions overseas is a costly exercise and urged the two Envoys to exercise prudent cost-saving measures that will not compromise the effective discharge of their duties.

The Commissioning ceremony was witnessed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Milner Tozaka, Acting PS of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Joseph Ma’ahanua, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador of ROC (Taiwan), Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, families, relatives, and friends of His Excellency Waleanisia and His Excellency Oti.

Two Envoys are expected to leave for their duties this weekend.