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Fiji appoints new Ambassador to Malaysia

Ratu Meli Bainimarama is Fiji’s new High Commissioner to the Kingdom of Malaysia.

Fiji’s President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has commissioned Ratu Meli Bainimarama as Fiji’s High Commissioner and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Malaysia and the Kingdom of Thailand respectively.

Prior to his appointment, Ratu Meli was the Permanent Secretary for Fijian Affairs now i-Taukei Affairs from June 2007 to December 2010.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola extended his appreciation to Ratu Meli for accepting the role of High Commissioner.

“Ratu Meli is amongst the longest serving and highly respected civil servant with a distinguished leadership record spanning over two decades,” he said.

Ratu Meli has held the position of permanent secretary in various government ministries including the Ministry of Labor and Industrial Relations, Ministry of Fijian Affairs,  Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation,  Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration,   Ministry of Home Affairs, Culture and Heritage,  Ministry of Fijian Affairs, Culture, Heritage, Provincial Development, Disaster Management and Multi Ethnic Affairs.

“Ratu Meli is currently undergoing agency briefings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and will be in post by early January 2012.”

He succeeds Suliasi Lutubula, Fiji’s Former High Commissioner to Malaysia whose term expires at the end of 2011.

(Fiji Ministry of Information)

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