Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

President Mori receives the Ambassador of Netherlands

Palikir, POHNPEI (FSM Information Service): November 21, 2007 - Ambassador Robert Gerard Brinks from the Kingdom of Netherlands presented his Letters of Credence to President Emanuel Mori on November 15, 2007. Ambassador Brinks is cross-accredited to the FSM from the Philippines where he is based.

Ambassador Brinks stated in his remarks that "both countries share important policy objectives. The current state of the world calls for profound cooperation between nations, within the U.N and within the framework of other regional institutions and regional dimensions. In this connection, I hope that the relations between the European Union and the Pacific Island States including the Federated States of Micronesia will receive new impetus through enhanced partnership with the Pacific Island Forum, promoting cooperation in priority areas such a governance, regionalism, the sustainable us of natural resources, climate change and renewable energy. As existing natural resources elsewhere in the world are gradually depleted and the economies of countries in the Asian Pacific region continue to expand, the demand for natural resources in the Pacific will rise. Given the global importance of sustainable management of natural resources, the European Commission strongly advocates to support the efforts of ACP-countries in countering the effects of environmental problems, of diminishing stocks of fish, of non-sustainable logging and such."

President Mori responded by noting the good relations between the Republic of Austria and the Federated States of Micronesia based on shared values and interests. The President added further that " the Federated States of Micronesia appreciates the renewed international interests in the Asia Pacific region given the new Political, Social and Economic dynamics. We intend to carry out our obligations under international mandates very seriously and we need the support and cooperation of the international community to assist our Small Island Country to achieve its international role."

In attendance at the accreditation ceremony were members of the President's Cabinet and members of the Diplomatic Corps.

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