AMBASSADOR JESUS S. DOMINGO PRESENTS HIS CREDENTIALS TO THE HEAD OF STATE OF THE KINGDOM OF TONGA


Ambassador Domingo with Ms. Elsie Fukofuka, Senior Assistant Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Tonga and Protocol Officer at the Presentation of Credentials Ceremony, 19 June 2017, Nuku’alofa, Tonga.

Ambassador Domingo and Mr. Va’inga Tone, Tonga’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, 19 June 2017, Nuku’alofa, Tonga Ambassador Domingo with Dr. Ana Taufe’ulungaki and her colleagues at the University of the South Pacific (USP) - Tonga Campus, 19 June 2017, Nuku’alofa, Tonga Ambassador Domingo with Dr. Saia Ma'u Piukala, Tonga’s Minister for Health, 19 June 2017, Nuku’alofa, TongaAmbassador Domingo and Mr. Sione Taumoefolau, Secretary-General of the Tonga Red Cross, 19 June 2017, Nuku’alofa, Tonga

Ambassador Domingo and Lord Ma’afu, Minister for Defence and Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, 20 June 2017, Nuku’alofa, Tonga Ambassador Domingo with Ms. Milika Tuita, Resident UN Coordination Officer, 20 June 2017, Nuku’alofa, Tonga Ambassador Domingo and Hon. Semisi Fakahau, Minister for Agriculture and Food, Forests and Fisheries, 20 June 2017, Nuku’alofa, TongaAmbassador Domingo presents a gift to Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications (MEIDECC) on 20 June 2017 in Nuku’alofa, Tonga

Philippine Ambassador Jesus S. Domingo presented his credentials to His Majesty King Tupou VI, the Head of State of the Kingdom of Tonga, on 19 June 2017. The occasion took place privately in the Throne Room of the Royal Palace in Nuku’alofa, Kingdom of Tonga, where Ambassador Domingo presented his Letter of Credence and the Letter of Recall of his predecessor before His Majesty.

In his remarks before the Head of State, Ambassador Domingo conveyed the greetings of President Rodrigo Duterte to His Majesty King Tupou VI and the best wishes of the Government and People of the Republic of the Philippines to the Government and People of the Kingdom of Tonga. He highlighted the Philippines’ dynamic and growing relationship with Tonga, how he would like to advance the people-to-people relationship between the two nations, and push the boundaries of its inter-regional and bilateral relationship. Ambassador Domingo reiterated his commitment to work more closely with the Tongan Government, Institutions and Citizens to realize the enhancement of Philippines-Tonga relations in their political, economic, socio-cultural and humanitarian dimension, and the fulfillment of the common vision for a peaceful, prosperous and pro-people Asia-Pacific and World Community.

In response, His Majesty welcomed Ambassador Domingo to Tonga and received his Letter of Credence from President Duterte accrediting him as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Philippines to the Kingdom of Tonga. His Majesty also conveyed his greetings to President Duterte, and the Government and People of the Philippines.

During this visit in Tonga, Ambassador Domingo also called on Mr. Va’inga Tone, Tonga’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Ana Taufe’ulungaki of the University of the South Pacific (USP) - Tonga Campus, Dr. Saia Ma'u Piukala, Tonga’s Minister for Health, Mr. Sione Taumoefolau, Secretary-General of the Tonga Red Cross, Ms. Monalisa Palu, head of the government-supported group “True Tonga” (which supports Tongan Handicraft Social Enterprises), Lord Ma’afu, Minister for Defence and Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Ms. Milika Tuita, Resident UN Coordination Officer, Hon. Semisi Fakahau, Minister for Agriculture and Food, Forests and Fisheries, and Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications (MEIDECC).

A range of issues were discussed in the meetings of Ambassador Domingo with the Tongan authorities. With the Philippines-Tonga bilateral relations in mind, matters such as climate change, disaster risk management and resilience, aquaculture and sustainable farming were acknowledged as common areas of interest. Possible engagements and cooperation in the health sector with respect to the SDGs, information-sharing on civilian-military operations in disaster management, participation in the regional structure of the Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific Islands Development Forum, Red Cross and the United Nations, the prospects of Philippine studies in the Pacific and of Pacific studies in the Philippines, the Filipino community in Tonga as partners through membership in the Civil Society Organizations/Civil Society Forum of Tonga, Universal Diplomacy/Diplomatic League initiatives, among others, were also discussed. Demonstrating the strong people-to-people ties between the two countries, the Tongan Government assured Ambassador Domingo of its openness and support to the well-loved Filipino community in Tonga.

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