Ambassador Apis Presents Credentials in Seoul,
Press Release #1611-02
Palikir, Pohnpei FSM Information Services
November 16, 2016
Ambassador Carlson D. Apis presented his Letter
of Credence to Her Excellency Park Geun-hye, President of the Republic
of Korea during a ceremony held at the Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae) in
Seoul on 01 November 2016.
The Letter of Credence was signed by His
Excellency President Peter M. Christian designating Ambassador Apis as
the FSM Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Korea.
In receiving the letter, President Park
accepted Ambassador Apis as the non-resident FSM ambassador accredited
to Korea with residence in Beijing.
Ambassador Apis presented his credentials
as part of a group ceremony which included eight other non-resident
Ambassadors from Namibia, Guinea, Slovenia, Zimbabwe, Lithuania,
Mauritius, Samoa and Bhutan.
Following the ceremony and
in a group discussion, President Park welcomed the Ambassadors and
expressed her appreciation for their appointment as ambassadors to the
Republic of Korea.
She conveyed her commitment to the
bilateral relationships and expressed her gratitude to all Ambassadors
for their support towards Korea’s efforts to maintain peace on the
further noted with appreciation the support of those who have joined
South Korea in its condemnation of nuclear testing by North Korea.
After the group discussion, President Park held
bilateral talks with each individual Ambassador.
With Ambassador Apis, President Park
expressed her satisfaction with the FSM – South Korea bilateral
She noted the strong cooperation in
fisheries and the potential for greater positive cooperation in deep sea
Ambassador Apis thanked the President for
the acceptance of the Letter of Credence and stated that his appointment
is a reflection of the FSM’s commitment to the relationship as expressed
when FSM and South Korea established diplomatic relations in April 1991.
Ambassador Apis assured the President that
he will work closely with relevant officials in Korea to make the
relationship a fruitful and mutually beneficial one for both countries.
He intends to work with Korea to add more
substance to the relationship but looking at the possibility of
cooperation in tourism, fisheries and foreign investment.
During the visit, the
Ambassador held side meetings with staff from the Office of the FSM
Honorary Consul, Mr. Myong Jin Shin.
The FSM Honorary Consul works closely with
the FSM Embassy in Beijing to promote the FSM as a tourism and foreign
The Ambassador also met with the Korea
Importers Association (KOIMA) to discuss the promotion of cooperation
between the private sectors of both countries in tourism, fisheries and
The visit of Ambassador Apis to the Republic of
South Korea is in line with the priority attached to economic diplomacy
by President Christian and his Administration.
Accompanying Ambassador Apis to South
Korea was Deputy
Chief of Mission Mr. Vincent K. Sivas.
For further information,
contact the FSM Embassy in Beijing at Ph: (86)1065324708 or e-mail