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PM offers to return Polata’ane residence to the UK Government

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 18/04/2018

The Prime Minister, Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva has offered the former British High Commissioner’s Residence in Nuku’alofa to the Government of the United Kingdom in anticipation of the British Government’s re-engagement in the Pacific islands region in the wake of the United Kingdom’s planned to exit from the European Union within 12 months.

The offer was made during the Hon Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs’ intervention at the Ministerial Roundtable hosted by the Head of the Diplomatic Service at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the British Government, Sir Simon McDonald.

The roundtable was for the Ministers’ of Foreign Affairs of the Pacific Island Countries that are members of the Commonwealth to buildup to the official opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

In a press statement form the PM’s Office it stated that Sir Simon McDonald said the United Kingdom would be leaving the European Union in 12 months’ time and the British Government will soon announce officially their re-engaging with the South Pacific which will involve the re-opening of its missions in some Pacific Islands.

Pohiva says the British government’s re-engagement in the South Pacific is a music to Tongan ears and he offered the British Government the use of its former Residence in Nuku’alofa since the departure of their last High Commissioner, 12 years ago.

The Prime Minister and his delegation was greeted at the airport by the last British High Commissioner to Tonga, His Excellency Mr. Paul Nessling among others.

Nessling told Pohiva that although he had left Tonga in April 2006 he still keenly followed all the news about Tonga.

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