Presentation of Credentials Ceremony of His Excellency Ambassador Brian Jones of the United Kingdom to the Federated States of Micronesia

PALIKIR, Pohnpei, FSM - February 2, 2024,  marked a milestone in the diplomatic relations between the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the United Kingdom as His Excellency Ambassador Brian Jones presented his credentials to His Excellency President Wesley W. Simina. Ambassador Jones succeeds H.E. Ambassador George Edgar as the representative of the United Kingdom accredited to the FSM, based in Suva, Fiji.

The ceremony, held at the President’s Office in Palikir, was attended by esteemed guests including T.H. Vice President Aren B. Palik, the Dean and members of the diplomatic corps, national and state officials, and friends.

In his remarks, President Wesley W. Simina warmly welcomed Ambassador Jones and expressed gratitude for his visit to FSM to undertake this important engagement in bilateral relations. President Simina highlighted the significance of the occasion, emphasizing the mutual interests shared by both nations, particularly in areas such as human rights, democratic principles, and climate change.

President Simina underscored the urgent need to address climate change as a security threat to FSM, especially in light of the recent drought conditions and their devastating impacts on the islands. He emphasized the importance of international cooperation, including support and assistance from partners like the United Kingdom, in tackling this existential threat.

The President also acknowledged the historical ties between FSM and the United Kingdom, spanning over three decades, and expressed optimism about further strengthening engagement and cooperation during Ambassador Jones's tenure. He highlighted the ongoing efforts to establish a mission in Geneva, underscoring the commitment to advancing FSM's interests on the international stage.

In closing, President Simina extended a warm welcome to Ambassador Jones and his accompanying delegation, encouraging them to explore the beauty of Pohnpei and the surrounding islands during their stay in FSM.

Ambassador Jones expressed his gratitude for the warm reception and reaffirmed his commitment to enhancing the bilateral relationship between the United Kingdom and FSM. He expressed keen interest in collaborating with FSM on shared priorities, including climate change mitigation and human rights promotion.

The ceremony concluded with an exchange of pleasantries and gifts, symbolizing the beginning of a new chapter in the diplomatic relations between FSM and the United Kingdom.

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