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Farewell for diplomats

Ioane Burese
Thursday, January 31, 2013

FOREIGN Ministry permanent secretary Amena Yauvoli and staff members have farewelled three diplomats.

While congratulating the departing diplomats at an official farewell ceremony last week, Mr Yauvoli emphasised the importance of their new role.

"Let me emphasise at this point that you are going in as diplomats, as the face of Fiji in the areas of operation that you work in and we expect nothing less than total commitment and loyalty in terms of deliverance of your work," he said

Mr Yauvoli said all missions operated in a hierarchical system and there was a need to subscribe to this system. With this system, he said, communication such as discussion with heads of missions and headquarters was critical.

"The important thing is we have our goals in these missions that are outlined in the 2013 Annual Corporate plan to get back maximum benefits for Fiji," Mr Yauvoli said.

The departing diplomats include Atama Nawaciono (Second Secretary-Beijing, China), Om Prakash Goundar (Second Secretary — New Delhi, India) and Vilikesa Naivalucava (Third Secretary — Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea).

Eliki Salusalu, who was not part of the official farewell ceremony, will take up the counsellor's position in Abu Dhabi.