Suva, Fiji – U.S. Ambassador to Fiji, and Ambassador Designate to Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu, Marie Damour introduced her credentials to Fiji’s President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere on November 24. As a part of the ceremony, Ambassador Damour reviewed a Guard of Honor and proceeded to bilateral discussions with the President.
Ambassador Damour most not too long ago served as Consul Normal of the U.S. Consulate Normal in Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, Vietnam. Earlier assignments embody Chargé d’Affaires, a.i, on the U.S. Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand; Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs on the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil; and the Consular Chief on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. With virtually three a long time of service, Ms. Damour has labored in 5 totally different areas of the world and served efficiently in a wide range of management and policy-making roles.
In her assembly with the President, Ambassador Damour emphasised the significance of U.S. and Pacific partnership, and her function to help lengthy standing friendships and alliances in her new function, saying
“As Ambassador, I hope to strengthen the ties between the U.S. and our pals and neighbors within the Pacific. We fought side-by-side in World Struggle II to make sure freedom, and our cooperation continues. Right now we work collectively to make sure regional safety, shared prosperity, and resilience in opposition to world warming.”
As her first official act as Ambassador, Ms. Damour delivered closing remarks at a Pacific Regional UN Police Peacekeeping workshop. Sponsored by the U.S. authorities and United Nations, this program builds the capacities of Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Samoa, and Nauru to contribute to UN missions overseas.
Ambassador Damour will subsequent journey to Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu to current her credentials and additional specific the US’ dedication to the Pacific.