Fiji appoints new honorary consul to Netherlands

Frederik de Bruijn (left) and Fiji’s Head of Mission to the European Union, Deo Saran at the commissioning ceremony. Picture: SUPPLIED/DEPTFO

FREDERIK de Bruijn has been appointed as the new honorary consul to the Kingdom of Netherlands to strengthen our existing ties and develop new avenues of cooperation.

A Government statement confirmed Mr de Bruijn being officially commissioned at a ceremony held in The Hague which was witnessed by some government officials, diplomats, the private sector and the Fijian diaspora in Europe.

Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Voreqe Bainimarama congratulated Mr de Bruijn saying he was well placed to build on an already solid relationship and explore new levels of political, economic and social cooperation.

“The Fijian Government is pleased that we now have an official presence in Netherlands and we look forward to working with our new Honorary Consul to take the relationship to another level,” Mr Bainimarama said.

Meanwhile Mr de Bruijn said he was humbled and eager to work closely with the Fijian government to strengthen ties between Fiji and the Netherlands.

He highlighted that new areas of cooperation should be explored to realise this and he looked forward to identifying how the two countries could benefit from new areas of cooperation.

He will report to Fiji’s Head of Mission to the European Union, Deo Saran, who said he was confident that the appointment would give Fiji a much higher profile in Netherlands and the rest of the region.