FIJIAN GOVERNMENT APPOINTS NEW AMBASSADOR TO CHINA

The Fijian Government has appointed Ambassador Ioane Naivalurua as Fiji?s new Ambassador to the People?s Republic of China.

Ambassador Naivalurua, the former Ambassador at Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was appointed this month?following a rigorous process of selection conducted in February.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, said he is confident that Ambassador Naivalurua’s appointment will add more value and strengthen Fiji’s relations with the Chinese government and her people.

Minister Kubuabola said the Ministry had put in place a selection process that Ambassador Naivalurua and other candidates had to go through, which included a face-to-face interview with a panel made up of senior Government officials and former diplomats.

With Ambassador Naivalurua’s stint as a diplomat and his vast experience as a career military officer who has served in peacekeeping duties overseas, the Ministry is optimistic that he would elevate Fiji’s bilateral relations with China to greater heights.

Ambassador Naivalurua is finalising his orientation program at the Ministry headquarters in Suva and will take up his new posting soon.

Ambassador Naivalurua was a former Commissioner of Police and former Commissioner of Prisons.

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