Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
28th February, 2012, Brazilia, Brazil: Fiji’s Ambassador to Brazil, Ambassador Cama Tuiloma, presented his credentials to the President of Brazil, Her Excellency, Mrs. Dilma Rouseff in a ceremony held at the Itamaraty Palace, which houses the Ministry of External Relations in the capital Brasilia on Thursday 23rd February 2012.
Ambassador Tuiloma was among the twenty Ambassadors who presented their credentials and was the second to be introduced to President Dilma and she welcomed and received the Ambassador’s Letter of Credence and congratulated him for his appointment to Brazil. In greeting the President, Ambassador Tuiloma conveyed the warm greetings of Fiji’s President, His Excellency Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, and extended the deepest regards and well wishes of the Government and the People of the Republic of Fiji to the Government and the People of the Federative Republic of Brazil. He added that Fiji’s pursuit and commitment to strengthening the Fiji-Brazil relations saw the opening of its Mission in Brasilia in September 2011, its first also in the South American continent. Ambassador Tuiloma said that Fiji is honored to be in Brazil and stands ready to further deepen friendship, expand communication and scale up cooperation to a higher level and make positive contribution to the well being of the two peoples as well as peace, stability and sustainable development in the two countries and regions.
The ceremony was followed by a luncheon hosted by the Minister for External Relations, Ambassador Antonia de Aguiar Patriota. In his speech the Minister welcomed and congratulated the twenty ambassadors for having presented their credentials. He specifically welcomed Ambassador Tuiloma and announced that he is the first Fijian Resident Ambassador in Brazil. He made special reference to the presence of Fiji in Brazil and said that it is a milestone for Brazil’s relations to establish diplomatic ties with countries in the Pacific Islands. This was only possible a few years ago and Fiji was the first country to move forward with the initiative. He further mentioned that Fiji will also represent the interests of the small island countries being the first pacific island country to establish its Embassy in Brazil. The Ambassador concluded saying that Brazil looks forward to working with the Pacific Islands countries.
Before the arrival of Mr. Tuiloma, the Permanent Representative of Fiji in New York, also served as the Non Resident Ambassador to Brazil. Mr. Tuiloma arrived on the 16th of August 2011 however due to the President’s busy schedule was not able to present his credentials earlier. His appointment as Ambassador is for three years. Mr. Tuiloma was previously the Permanent Secretary for Works, Transport and Public Utilities prior to his diplomatic posting.
Photo captions: Left: Amb Tuiloma with President Dilma Rouseff after presenting his Credentials
Photo captions: Right: (L-R) Amb Antonia Patriota Minister for External Relations, Amb Tuiloma and President Rouseff
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