Israeli Ambassador to Tonga HE Shemi Tzur visited Tonga

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1 February 2013 His Excellency Mr. Shemi Tzur has just concluded a tour of the Pacific after departing Tonga on March 31 for Niue and New Caledonia, marking the end of his two-year term as Ambassador this year.

While in Tonga, His Excellency called on the Prime Minister, Lord Tu'ivakano and members of His Majesty's Cabinet and high-level officials.

The Ambassador reflects on the successful relations and ties that the Kingdom of Tonga and the Government of Israel continues to share over the years. The visit of the Prime Minister, Lord Tu'ivakano to Israel last August remained one of the major highlights in strengthening Tonga-Israeli relations.

Two years ago in 2011, the visit of the Speaker of the Knesset of Israel to Tonga, His Excellency Mr. Reuven Rivlin bolstered Israel-Tonga ties. The Parliamentary delegations donated large medical supplies to the Ministry of Health, for the treatment of diabetes.

Tonga and Israel have long sustained diplomatic relations since 1977, with Israeli assistance focused largely on the health sector.

Last February, the Israeli Ambassador was in Tonga to present football equipments from the Government of Israel to the Government of Tonga and the Tonga Football Association.

In exchanging gifts of long-term friendship between the two countries, the Israeli Ambassador said that there are other areas like agriculture and education, that Israel can now offer aid in.

Ambassador Shemi Tzur's office is based in Wellington, New Zealand and he is also accredited to Tonga, Samoa, Cook Island and Niue.

Since 2011, Tongan citizens are not required a tourist visa to visit Israel under its visa waiver scheme.

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Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2013.

Last Updated ( Monday, 29 April 2013 21:34 )  

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