Ambassador Apis Presents Credentials in Seoul, Korea
Press Release #1611-02
Palikir, Pohnpei FSM Information Services
November 16, 2016

Ambassador Carlson D. Apis presented his Letter of Credence to Her Excellency Park Geun-hye, President of the Republic of Korea during a ceremony held at the Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae) in Seoul on 01 November 2016.  The Letter of Credence was signed by His Excellency President Peter M. Christian designating Ambassador Apis as the FSM Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Korea.  In receiving the letter, President Park accepted Ambassador Apis as the non-resident FSM ambassador accredited to Korea with residence in Beijing.  Ambassador Apis presented his credentials as part of a group ceremony which included eight other non-resident Ambassadors from Namibia, Guinea, Slovenia, Zimbabwe, Lithuania, Mauritius, Samoa and Bhutan.

Following the ceremony and in a group discussion, President Park welcomed the Ambassadors and expressed her appreciation for their appointment as ambassadors to the Republic of Korea.  She conveyed her commitment to the bilateral relationships and expressed her gratitude to all Ambassadors for their support towards Korea’s efforts to maintain peace on the Korean Peninsula.  She further noted with appreciation the support of those who have joined South Korea in its condemnation of nuclear testing by North Korea. 

After the group discussion, President Park held bilateral talks with each individual Ambassador.  With Ambassador Apis, President Park expressed her satisfaction with the FSM – South Korea bilateral relations.  She noted the strong cooperation in fisheries and the potential for greater positive cooperation in deep sea minerals.  Ambassador Apis thanked the President for the acceptance of the Letter of Credence and stated that his appointment is a reflection of the FSM’s commitment to the relationship as expressed when FSM and South Korea established diplomatic relations in April 1991.  Ambassador Apis assured the President that he will work closely with relevant officials in Korea to make the relationship a fruitful and mutually beneficial one for both countries.  He intends to work with Korea to add more substance to the relationship but looking at the possibility of cooperation in tourism, fisheries and foreign investment.

During the visit, the Ambassador held side meetings with staff from the Office of the FSM Honorary Consul, Mr. Myong Jin Shin.  The FSM Honorary Consul works closely with the FSM Embassy in Beijing to promote the FSM as a tourism and foreign investment destination.  The Ambassador also met with the Korea Importers Association (KOIMA) to discuss the promotion of cooperation between the private sectors of both countries in tourism, fisheries and foreign investment.

The visit of Ambassador Apis to the Republic of South Korea is in line with the priority attached to economic diplomacy by President Christian and his Administration.  Accompanying Ambassador Apis to South Korea was Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Vincent K. Sivas.


For further information, contact the FSM Embassy in Beijing at Ph: (86)1065324708 or e-mail address: 
embassy@fsmembassy.cn