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Media Release

Ambassador Thompson Presents Credentials to President Calderon Hinojosa

 

Fiji’s Ambassador to Mexico Winston Thompson presented his Letters of Credence to His Excellency President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa at the National Palace on January 20th 2011.

The credential ceremony, marked by its solemnity was concluded with a stirring rendition of the Fiji National Anthem by the Army Band and a Presidential luncheon for the Diplomatic Corps.

Ambassador Thompson was accompanied by Mrs. Queenie Thompson.

In handing over his Letters of Credence, Ambassador Thompson conveyed the greetings and good wishes of the President, Prime Minister, the Government and people of Fiji.

He thanked President Calderon for Mexico’s leadership of the developing countries, especially on the issue of climate change and congratulated the President on the positive outcome of the Cancun Conference. His Excellency thanked Fiji for its active participation among the smaller states in the climate change arena and assured the Ambassador of Mexico’s continuing strong support to safeguard the interests of the vulnerable countries.

Mexico, population 110 million (Mexico City 22 million), is a constitutional democracy under a federal system of government with separation of powers between the executive, legislative and judicial branches.

There are 31 states and the Federal District; each state has its own constitution, governor and legislative chamber. Most exports go to the US (85 per cent) and Mexico is keen to diversify to lessen dependence on one market.

Consequently, they are keen to explore opportunities for increased trade with Fiji and the Pacific region.

(Photo caption: Ambassador Thompson, Mrs Thompson, President Calderon and Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa)