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Tonga commemorates 84th Birthday of His Majesty, Emperor Akihito

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01st December, 2017 A reception to celebrate the 84th Birthday of The Emperor of Japan, His Majesty Emperor Akihito was hosted by His Excellency Mr. Tetsuya Ishii, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Tonga last night, 30th November, at his residence in ‘Ananā.

The celebration was graced with the presence of Their Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, Hon. Salote Mafile’o Pilolevu Tuita and Lord Tuita.

Speaking to more than 100 guests, Hon. Prime Minister of Tonga Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva on behalf of His Majesty King Tupou VI, the Government and the people of Tonga wishes His Imperial Majesty of Japan, Emperor Akihito a good health, prosperity and profound happiness.

Hon. Pohiva said this is the forty seventh year of diplomatic relations between Tonga and Japan. His Majesty’s Government values its cordial relations with Japan which continues to flourish with our mutual respect for each other and the personal ties between the Tongan Royal Family and Japanese Imperial Household.

“Our people-to-people exchange remains a driving force to enhancing our friendship. His Majesty’s Government is appreciative for the ongoing bilateral assistance programs of Japan, particularly commendable for its size and outreach, and the overarching objective of supporting Tonga’s National Development priorities.”

“We have shared successful cooperation in a wide range or areas including trade, sports, marine research, infrastructure, disaster risk reduction, climate change, renewable energy, education and health. We commend Japan’s current Grant Aid assistance in Upgrading the Domestic Wharf and we look forward to its full completion and opening next year. We further acknowledge the Grand Assistance for Grassroots and Human Security Projects that have been implemented in local communities, targeting areas of water and sanitation, health and education,” he added.

Hon. Pohiva told the gatherings that Tonga is grateful for all the opportunities provided by Japan for our Tongan students to continue their academic endeavors through the LEADS and the MEXT Scholarship programs and are confident that they will return with enriched knowledge and expertise, to assist with developing His Majesty’s Government.

He also stated that Tonga is welcoming the Japanese Volunteers programme that has contributed immensely to the development of the Tongan communities and we further appreciate JICA Training courses in various relevant sectors, available for local Tongans to participate.

Tonga continues to participate and support Japan in regional and international forum to address issues of global concern such as the environment, climate change, renewable energy and security. Tonga renders its full support to the ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ and believes that with the assistance of Japan and other developing partners will achieve these global goals by 2030.

Tonga also look forward to attending and participating in the 8th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting in Fukushima, Japan in May next year and reaffirms our commitment to the PALM process.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Tonga, H.E. Mr. Tetsuya Ishii said that our relations are especially built upon, and continues to flourish through, the cordial bonds between the Imperial Household of Japan and Tonga’s Royal Household.

I sincerely wish to continue strengthening the precious relations between Your Kingdom and Japan. I hope that year 2018 will arrive with new opportunities”.

“To our honored guests, thank you so much again for your presence and I also wish to thank the honorable Prime Minister and the government and the people of Tonga for your continuing support towards the Embassy. I wish further enhance our precious relations towards greater cooperation in the future, particularly towards the 50th Anniversary of our diplomatic ties in 2020.”

The toast, for prosperity of both nations were proposed following the speaker’s addresses and national anthems.

Attending the reception, were nobles of the realm, excellencies and members of the diplomatic corps, members of the judiciary, members of parliament, government officials, representatives from non-government and private sectors and guests.

ENDS

Issued by the: Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change & Communications.

Last Updated ( Friday, 01 December 2017 16:46 )  

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