President Peter M. Christian receives Letter of Credence of Ambassador Melanie Hopkins of the United Kingdom
Press Release #1704-01
Palikir, Pohnpei
FSM Information Services
April 04, 2017

On Friday March 31, 2017, in a brief ceremony held at the national complex in Palikir, President Peter M. Christian received the Letter of Credence for Ambassador Melanie Hopkins, accrediting her as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), with residence in Suva, Fiji.

Following the brief ceremony, Ambassador Hopkins had an opportunity to pay a courtesy call on President Christian during which several issues of mutual interests were discussed, which among others, including climate change and the upcoming COP23, to name a few. There was also discussion with respect to United Kingdom’s candidature for the Director General of World Health Organization. Mutual sentiments towards a common desire and aspirations to strengthen and enhanced relations at all levels were highlighted.

The visit was the second time for Ambassador Hopkins to visit the Federated States of Micronesia. The first was last September 2016 during the 47th Pacific Islands Forum, as the head of the UK’s delegation to the Forum as Post Forum Dialogue partner.

Present in the presentation of credentials ceremony were Vice President the Honorable Yosiwo George, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Lorin Robert and other members of the President’s cabinet, along with staff from the President’s Office and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

During her visit, Ambassador Hopkins also paid a joint courtesy call on the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Director of Office of Environment and Emergency Management, and Secretary of Resources and Development.