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     Government of the Republic of Fiji

  Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service

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Media Release

Ministry Farewells Permanent Secretary

 solo mara

17th September 2011, Suva: The Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation Mr. Solo Mara was farewell yesterday by his staff in a traditional ceremony and lunch at the Ministry HQ in Nasova.

Mr. Mara is leaving next week to be Fiji's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ireland, and Ambassador to Germany, Denmark, the Holy See, Egypt and Israel. Mr. Mara replaces Mr. Pio Tikoisuva.

In his farewell address Mr. Mara acknowledged the support of the Minister and staff of the Ministry including Fiji's overseas diplomatic missions during his time as Permanent Secretary.

He also paid tribute to Government, the Minister and Staff of the Ministry including Fiji's overseas diplomatic missions for Fiji's achievements in foreign policy in the last two years.*

Mr. Mara went on to say that he was deeply humbled by the trust that has been placed upon him by Government to be Fiji's next representative to his countries of accreditation which he says he will do his utmost to live up to.

He concluded by encouraging the staff to extend to his successor the same level of service and commitment they have given him.

In their farewell remarks to Mr. Mara the Staff expressed their appreciation for Mr. Mara's leadership which has seen the Ministry receiving the highest if not the second highest rating for two years in a row for 2010 and 2011 by the Strategic Framework for Change Coordinating Office of the Office of the Prime Minister for excellent performance by a Government Ministry in achieving its Corporate Plan.

Mr. Mara received his commission from Government in a simple ceremony in Borron House on Thursday this week 15th September 2011. End

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* This include Fiji becoming chair of MSG; successful MSG and Engagement with the Pacific meetings hosted by Fiji; Fiji membership of Non-Aligned Movement; Establishment of new Fiji Missions in Indonesia, South Africa and Brazil; Fiji establishing new diplomatic relations with over 20 countries; Fiji becoming President International Seabed Authority Assembly; Fiji becoming Vice President of UN General Assembly; Fiji receiving over $100 million in development aid.