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Swiss Government to help open up Kiribati diplomatic mission in Geneva
11:49 pm GMT+12, 16/05/2017, Kiribati

 Switzerland’s Ambassador to Kiribati says her Government is happy to provide support to the Kiribati Government to open its diplomatic mission at the United Nations officein Geneva.
 
Yasmine Chatila told Radio Kiribati News the establishment of Kiribati’s diplomatic mission there is part of the Swiss Government’s policy.
 
“This is a policy which we have towards Kiribati and a couple of other small island states because we feel it is very important that your voice heard within the United Nations in Geneva as well,” said Chatila.
 
Ambassador Chatila says Kiribati can benefit from a permanent representation in Geneva.
 
“In Geneva, we have 33 international organisations and many of the issues dealt there are of immediate importance to Kiribati.”
 
“So, you know, all the organisations which deal with health, with security, with climate change, with environmental questions, with humanitarian questions, with human rights questions, with trade and labour, they’re all based in Geneva.”
 
“So we would like to see and give support to Kiribati so that in can in the future open a permanent mission there so let not others speak for you, you speak for yourself and you get your interest with the help of friends like Switzerland, and promote your interest directly.”
 
Ambassador Yasmine Chalita was in Tarawa this week to present her credentials to President Taneti Maamau on Monday.

SOURCE: RADIO KIRIBATI/PACNEWS


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