GOVERNMENT OF TONGA

MEDIA RELEASE

(27 January 2015)

Congratulatory messages to the Hon. PM

The Office of the Prime Minister is honored to acknowledge the receipts of congratulatory messages from the Head of States and Governments around the world, to the Honorable Prime Minister, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, on his new position, as the newly elected Prime Minister of Tonga and the Tongan Government, for this year 2015 parliamentary term. It has been a sincere gratitude to have received these warm and good wishes from these leaders, which is seen and understood to be of strategic significance to the team morale of the Prime Minister’s New Government.

In short and amongst these are Heads of State and Government leaders:
Her Majesty the Queen of England and Head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II (UK); The Premier of State Council of the People’s Republic of China His Excellency Mr. LI Keqiang(PRC); The Honorable Prime Minister of the Imperial Government of Japan, His Excellency Shinzo ABE (JAPAN); The Honourable Prime Minister of the Royal Thai Government – His Excellency General Prayut Chan- O – Cha (THAILAND); The Honorable Prime Minister of the Government of Fiji, Honorable Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama (FIJI); The Honorable Prime Minister of the Government of Western Samoa, Honorable Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi (SAMOA); The President of the of the Republic of Marshall Islands, His Excellency Christopher J. Loeak (MARSHALL ISLANDS); The Honorable Prime Minister of the Government of Tuvalu, Honorable Enele Sosene Sopoaga (TUVALU); The Honorable Prime Minister of the Government of Cook Islands, His Excellency Mr Henry Puna (COOK ISLANDS); The President of the Government of Kiribati, His excellency Anote Tonga
(KIRIBATI); The Premier of the Government of Niue, Honorable Toke Talagi (NIUE); Congratulatory messages were also received from the Honourable Prime Minister’s counterparts in his capacity as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and Minister for Education and Training from all around the world and the region.

Messages of support and goodwill were also received from leaders of renowned International Agencies:
The Secretary General for the United Nations, His Excellency Mr BAN Ki Moon (UN) ; The United Nations Development Programme Administrator, Her Excellency Helen Clark (UNDP); The UNDP Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative – Ms Osnat Lubrani (UNDP); The Secretary General of the Parlia mentarians for Global Action, Dr David Donat Cattin (PGA) ; The Secretary General of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Mr Kamalesh Sharma (COMMONWEALTH SECRETARIAT); The Country Director of World Bank Group for Timor- Leste, PNG & Pacific Islands, East Asia and Pacific Region, Mr Franz R. Drees- Gross (WORLD BANK GROUP); The Director for Asia and Pacific Department of the International Monetary Fund, Mr Chang Yong Rhee (IMF);

ENDS

Issued by the:The Prime Minister’s Office, P.O. Box 62, Nuku’alofa, Tonga. Tel: (676) 24 644 Fax: (676) 23 888; For media enquiries- Email: pressoffice@pmo.gov.to

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