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President Visits Fiji Embassy in Geneva

Sheik Dean Nadi President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau visited the Fiji Embassy in Geneva, Switzerland, becoming the first Fijian Head of State to do so after it was established last month.
31 Jul 2014 07:34

Sheik Dean
Nadi

President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau visited the Fiji Embassy in Geneva, Switzerland, becoming the first Fijian Head of State to do so after it was established last month.
During his visit he met the Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and the Fiji Embassy in Switzerland, Ambassador Nazhat Shameem.
He commended the work of Fiji’s first substantive female head of mission, Ms Shameem, for her courtesy calls.
“For you it’s a new mission. You are the new organisation in town, your colleagues will be looking at you and you paying your courtesy calls is the most important part of establishing a new mission,’’ Ratu Epeli said.
“If you get your courtesy call done, you have automatic friends there.
He said these friends would call Ms Shameem when things are coming out and that is how one should work in a mission.
“Some embassies don’t do courtesy calls and they always miss out. It is a half-an-hour thing, but the value you get out of it is long-term value,” Ratu Epeli said.
“You get to know the new ambassadors who are experts in their fields and there are ambassadors who specialise in different fields.”
Ratu Epeli assured Ms Shameem that Fiji would continue to look at what it has to do and how many officers need to be based at the Fiji Embassy in Geneva.
“We have established ourselves. We can’t just establish ourselves and hold on with what we have got,” he said.
“It is good to come here and know we have a mission here. Now that we are here, we have to make use of it.
“Since it was established in June it is the newest mission for Fiji, but it is by far the most important mission because it complements the mission that we have with the United Nations.”
Prime Minister, Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama, officially opened the Fiji Mission for the Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and the Fiji Embassy in Switzerland.
Ratu Epeli travelled to Switzerland after visiting staff and their families at the Fiji Embassy in Brussels, Belgium.
sheik.dean@fijisun.com.fj




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