Acting President receives high commissioner Simmonds

His Excellency Acting President David Adeang received the High Commissioner of New Zealand to Nauru at the formal presentation of credentials at the Office of the President on 8 December.

High Commissioner Ms Nicola Simmonds arrived at the government office and was met by the Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade Sasi Kumar and presented copies of the Letter of Credence, before national anthems and inspection of the Police Guard of honour.

Ms Simmonds was then escorted to the Office of the President for the presentation of credentials.

Ms Simmonds conveyed to Acting President Adeang the cordial greetings from the Governor General of New Zealand and her thanks for the hospitality extended to her upon arrival.

“Thank you very much for the excellent, very kind hospitality I received since I arrived, it’s been very welcoming.

“I look forward to doing my utmost to strengthen the bonds between our two countries,” Ms Simmonds said.

The high commissioner then presented her credentials.

Acting President Adeang accepted Ms Simmond’s credentials and expressed hopes for close collaboration with the high commissioner during her tenure.

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome you and receive you this morning and to accept on behalf of the government and people of Nauru your letter of credence accrediting you as High Commissioner of New Zealand to the Republic of Nauru,” President Adeang said.

The Acting President and the High Commissioner also signed the energy partnership agreement which details the funding arrangements as well as project implementation structures and processes for the NZ MFAT funded renewable energy project; and the education partnership arrangement to support the new education five year strategic plan – Footpath IV.

High Commissioner Simmonds continued courtesy calls on the speaker of parliament and cabinet ministers and make site visits including to the phosphate mining site and a tour of the regional processing centre.