On January 20, 2015, H.E. Lalduhthlana Ralte presented his Letter of Credence to President Emanuel Manny Mori at the President’s conference room, accrediting him as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of India.
In welcoming Ambassador Ralte, President Mori congratulated him on his new appointment and noted the working relationship between India and FSM that was established in 1996. President expressed his regret for not attending the India-Pacific Islands Cooperation Forum in Suva, Fiji due to prior commitments.
President Mori complimented India Prime Minister Modi by saying, “I am very impressed by his outlook policies as a person and as a leader. Please convey my best wishes and congratulations on his new leadership for the biggest democratic country in the world.”
President Mori also expressed satisfaction on FSM-India bilateral relations and regional and international issues, especially climate change.
President Mori further thanked the government of India for the financial assistance to the FSM that was mostly invested into the development of the coconut industry.
Ambassador responded by thanking President Mori and commented on India’s keen interest to work with the FSM both regionally and internationally. Both sides agreed to enhance bilateral relations and strengthen cooperation by continuing to engage frequently.
Present with President Mori were Secretary of Foreign Affairs Lorin Robert, Deputy Secretary Samson Pretrick, Chief of Staff Leo Falcam Jr. and staff from Foreign Affairs and the President’s Office.