Ambassador Florence Jeanblanc-Risler presents her credentials in the Cook Islands [fr]
Florence Jeanblanc-Risler flew to Rarotonga, from June 9th to 11th, to present her credentials as Ambassador of France to the Cook Islands and to hold discussions with the Government and with key economic figures with the aim of fostering the relationship between the Cook Islands and France.
In her speech adressed to the Hon. Tom John Marsters, the Queen’s Representative to the Cook Islands, the Ambassador notably remarked “the excellent relationship that France and the Cook Islands have built through the many years of support from the French “Pacific Fund”, which encourages stronger relations between Pacific Islands and the French territories in the Pacific”. As the Cook Islands celebrates their 50th Anniversary of Free association with New Zealand, Mrs Jeanblanc-Risler also congratulated the People of the Cooks Islands for the tremendous success of their subsequent development and announced that France would be contributing to making this celebration a success by sending a French Defence ship and an airplane based in French Polynesia, a close friend and neighbour of the Cook Islands to facilitate the transportation of visitors and guests from the outer Islands to Rarotonga.
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- Florence Jeanblanc-Risler here with her colleagues, the ambassadors of Korea and Malaysia to NZ and the High-Commissioner of India to Fiji who also presented their credentials to Cook Islands.
Meetings with several members of the Cook Islands Government, including the Honorable Prime Minister Mr Henry Puna, as well as with High Commissioner of New Zealand H.E. Mr Nick Hurley, were a timely opportunity to discuss the needs of the Cook Islands’ people facing climate change and in particular rising sea levels. Both issues will be at the center of the negotiations during the Paris Climate Conference which will be held in December. The Ambassador personally wished to meet with the French Community based in the Cook Island, and did so on the occasion of a cocktail reception she hosted alongside acting Honorary Consul of France, Mrs Patricia Barton. She was pleased to observe how well integrated the vibrant French and Polynesian communities are in this beautiful country.
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- Florence Jeanblanc-Risler with Patricia Barton, acting Honorary Consul and three members of the French community based in the Cook Islands.