President Peter M.
Christian receives Letter of Credence of Ambassador Melanie Hopkins of
the United Kingdom
Press Release #1704-01
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