Republic of the Marshall Islands President Christopher J. Loeak accepted the Letter of Credence and welcomed Sweden Ambassador Lars Vargo to his new post as Sweden Ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands during a ceremony held last week in the RMI Cabinet Conference room.
The Republic of the Marshall Islands and Sweden established diplomatic relations on February 12, 1992. Since then the two countries have supported each other on many initiatives and undertakings, including; Sweden’s candidature for the United Nations Human Rights Council and Sweden’s strong support of the UN Special Rapporteur’s report on the US nuclear testing program in the Marshall Islands.
At the February 19 ceremony, President Loeak stated, “Both our two countries can further collaborate on other areas of international importance, most particularly in the ongoing climate change talks.” President Loeak informed Ambassador Vargo on the Marshall Islands successful bid to host the 44th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Meeting in September this year with its theme centered on climate change.
“I am confident that during your tenure, relations between our two countries will continue to thrive for the mutual benefit of both countries,” said President Loeak.
Ambassador Vargo reciprocated and said, “The Prime Minister of Sweden, Mr. Fredrik Reinfeldt, would like to use this opportunity to send his heartfelt greetings, wishing you and your country continued prosperity and hoping that the bilateral relations between our two countries will develop even further.”
“As active members of the United Nations I think it is important that countries like Sweden and the Republic of the Marshall Islands find ways to cooperate in solving the most pressing issues of common concern. One such concern is, of course, the on-going climate change and the devastating consequences it can have for island states, not least those in the Pacific,” said Ambassador Vargo.
Ambassador Vargo expressed readiness to assist with climate change and food security initiatives, and consideration of making contributions to the Micronesian Challenge Trust towards RMI’s Endowment Fund. The Micronesian Challenge is a commitment by the RMI, FSM, Palau, Guam, CNMI, to preserve the natural resources that are crucial to the survival of the Pacific traditions, cultures, and livelihoods.
The new Sweden Ambassador is making his round of calls on government officials and the diplomatic corps before departing the Marshall Islands.
- RMI Office of the President, Majuro, Marshall Islands