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Nurturing the Qualities of an Efficient Diplomat

Nurturing the Qualities of an Efficient Diplomat
Former Fijian President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau (front, sixth from left), with the Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs Major-General (Ret’d) Ioane Naivalurua (fifth from left) and the staff members of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
January 12
11:00 2019

The key to becoming an effi­cient and excellent diplomat requires great commitment and leadership to enhance global collaboration and prosperity.

This was the message from for­mer Fijian President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau while speaking to Min­istry of Foreign Affairs staff on the essence of good diplomacy.

A presentation by Ratu Epeli at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters yesterday was or­ganised as part of the ministry’s ongoing efforts to provide capacity building and empowerment for the staff to comprehensively under­stand and appreciate the signifi­cance of diplomacy.

Ratu Epeli said the role of a dip­lomat came with great trust and recognition and must be delivered with absolute integrity and hon­esty.

He said that developing profes­sionalism, ethics and having ap­preciation and respect for all cul­tures and communities were key qualities of being a responsible diplomat and he or she must have a robust understanding of inter­national affairs as well as of their own country.

Ratu Epeli said they must be com­mitted to consistently broaden their knowledge to understand and respond with the changing socio­economic global landscape.

He emphasised that great diplo­mats demonstrated courage and good discipline in terms of being resilient when under pressure, they dedicated their lives to serve their nation and were reliable, hardworking and well mannered.

He praised Fiji for having achieved an unprecedented level of success and accomplishments in the foreign service and interna­tional relations, leaving it with a higher global profile than ever be­fore.

With his vast experience as a for­mer Minister for Foreign Affairs and having served abroad as a Fi­jian diplomat, Ratu Epeli comes with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in diplomacy and inter­national relations.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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