Presentation of Credentials Ceremony of His Excellency Ambassador Gilberto Fonseca Guimaraes De Moura of Brazil to the Federated States of Micronesia

Palikir, Pohnpei, FSM - On February 20, 2024, in a ceremony filled with dignitaries and officials, His Excellency Ambassador Gilberto Fonseca Guimaraes De Moura presented his credentials to His Excellency President Wesley W. Simina, marking the formal accreditation of Ambassador De Moura as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brazil to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).

During the ceremony, Ambassador De Moura delivered his remarks and expressed his heartfelt condolences for the passing of the late Senator Florencio Singkoro Harper of Chuuk State and the late Senator Paliknoa Welly of Kosrae State. The Ambassador stated that the Federative Republic of Brazil is more than ready to engage with the FSM in numerous ways, including through moving forward with a Cooperation Agreement. The Ambassador also shared how proud he is of the FSM’s and Brazil’s legacy of natural beauty and maritime riches, and concluded his remarks by quoting the Simina-Palik administration’s theme, “Our unity is our strength and prosperity.”

In his statement, President Wesley W. Simina warmly welcomed Ambassador De Moura and expressed his appreciation for Brazil's commitment to establishing formal diplomatic relations with FSM. He congratulated Ambassador De Moura on his accreditation and emphasized the importance of this milestone in strengthening the partnership between FSM and Brazil.

President Simina highlighted the opportunities for enhanced cooperation between the two countries, particularly through Brazil's Technical Cooperation in Developing Countries (TCDC) program, which focuses on priority areas such as agriculture, health, water, energy, and the environment. He expressed the FSM's readiness to explore opportunities for collaboration in these areas and welcomed Brazil's assistance in the medical and educational fields.

Addressing the pressing issue of climate change, President Simina emphasized the universal concern and the need for collective action. He commended Brazil for its leadership role in global efforts to combat climate change and expressed hope for continued cooperation in upcoming global forums, including COP29 and COP30.

President Simina also shared the challenges faced by FSM, particularly the impact of climate change on the islands, including drought conditions, water shortages, and saltwater intrusion. He expressed gratitude for Brazil's vast experience in addressing climate change and highlighted the potential for cooperation and knowledge sharing in this area.

In closing, President Simina extended his best wishes to Ambassador De Moura for a fruitful tenure and encouraged him to explore the beauty and diversity of the islands. He reiterated FSM's commitment to strengthening engagement and cooperation with Brazil during Ambassador De Moura's tenure.

Ambassador De Moura expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome and reaffirmed Brazil's commitment to deepening bilateral relations with FSM. He emphasized the importance of collaboration and partnership in addressing shared challenges and expressed optimism about the opportunities for cooperation in various sectors.

The ceremony concluded with an exchange of well wishes and cultural gifts, symbolizing the beginning of a new chapter in the diplomatic relations between FSM and Brazil.

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