President Tsai Ing-wen met the new ambassador to Taiwan from Kiribati, Tessie Lambourne, as she presented her credentials at the Presidential Office.
Taiwan and Kiribati have held diplomatic relations since 2003. President Tsai said there have been over 100 cooperation projects between the two sides in the past 15 years.
Tsai said Taiwan places great importance on its friendship with Kiribati. She congratulated Lambourne on her posting and said she hoped cooperation would grow even further with the new ambassador’s assistance.
Presentation of Credence – High Commissioner of Kiribati to the Republic of Fiji
David Ateti Teaabo is the new High Commissioner of the Republic of Kiribati to the Republic of Fiji. Teaabo is the fourth High Commissioner to Fiji and he replaces Ambassador Reteta Nikuata Rimon.
Tessie Eria Lambourne, who most recently held the position of Secretary to Cabinet, has been appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kiribati to the Republic of China (Taiwan). Lambourne is the second Ambassador to Taiwan after her predecessor, Teekoa Iuta completed her term in May 2018.