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Tuesday 24 April 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Britain will reestablish its diplomatic mission in Tonga during the coming years, Lopeti Senituli an adviser to Tonga’s Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva confirmed this morning, 24 April.
Saturday 31 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Republic of Fiji has made a generous donation of $50,000 FJD ($53,000 Pa’anga) to assist Tonga in its post-cyclone recovery.
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Friday 23 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Julie Bishop visited Tonga today and announced that her Government would contribute AUD$10.5 million towards Tonga's recovery from Cyclone Gita.
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Tuesday 13 March 2018

The European Commission today announced that it will be contributing €300 000 ($790,860 Pa’anga) in humanitarian funding to assist Tongans in their recovery from Cyclone Gita. The EU declared that the aid would focus on “…addressing the most pressing needs of the affected families through the provision of emergency shelter, access to safe drinking water, and food and livelihood assistance.”
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Tuesday 6 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today 6 March officially announced diplomat Ms Tiffany Babington as New Zealand’s new High Commissioner to Tonga.
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Saturday 3 March 2018

Beijing, China
HM. King Tupou VI was greeted by China’s President HE. Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday 1 March at China’s political hub – the Great Hall of the People – in Beijing, China. The state visit marks the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Tonga and the People’s Republic of China.
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Thursday 22 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Government of India has announced that it will provide USD$1 million owards Tonga’s recovery from Cyclone Gita. India’s Prime Minister H.E Mr. Narendra Modi sent a message to Tonga’s PM ‘Akilisi Pohiva on 16 February, announcing India’s contribution and conveyed his "deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers for the victims of this natural calamity."
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Friday 16 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Chinese government and Embassy in Tonga has pledged over USD$600,000 for cyclone relief in Tonga.
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Thursday 8 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Government of Tonga is dismissing accusations by a prominent Australian newspaper that China’s foreign aid is hurting Tonga’s economy. The news article claimed that many Tongans believe that they have been "sold out by the Tongan Government”.
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Thursday 18 January 2018

Geneva, Switzerland
Forty-five foreign governments, including Tonga's primary aid donors, delivered their reviews and recommendations to the Government of Tonga at the United Nation’s 29th Session of Universal Periodic Review in Geneva, Switzerland this week. Most countries called on Tonga to ratify conventions and to “take steps to raise social awareness in understanding these instruments.", with some countries also urging Tonga to abolish the death penalty and to establish a Human Rights Institution.
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Monday 25 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga was one of 21 countries absent from voting at the United Nations headquarters, New York, on December 21, when the UN passed a resolution opposing the United States' unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Samoa was also absent. While Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu attended but abstained from voting. Among the 128 countries that supported the resolution were New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
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Friday 15 December 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new economic agreement with the Government of China was signed by Tonga's caretaker government last Friday. The agreement implements the building of a $57.5 million pa’anga sporting complex at Tonga High School ($US24.8 million) and other aid projects.
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Thursday 14 December 2017

Shenzhen, China
China wants to share its development experiences with other countries, with a belief that everybody in the world shares the same future, Pacific Island journalists learned this week when they visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing. By Linny Folau.
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Friday 1 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hosting a celebration for the 84th birthday of HIM Emperor Akihito, yesterday, the new Japanese Ambassador to Tonga recognised the friendship between the Royal household of Tonga and Imperial household of Japan.
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Wednesday 15 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ambassadors to Tonga are presenting their credentials to HM King Tupou VI at the Royal Palace in Nuku'alofa this week during Diplomatic Week.
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Tuesday 7 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is disappointed with the United States Government's decision to dismiss Tonga's extradition request for American, Dean Jay Fletcher (54), who is wanted in Tonga on the charge of murdering his wife in July 2016, in Vava'u.
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Friday 3 November 2017

Honolulu, Hawaii
American, Dean Jay Fletcher (54) who is wanted in Tonga on the charge of brutally murdering his wife in July 2016 has been ordered released in Hawaii, after the United States District Court on November 1 ordered the dismissal of his extradition. The Tonga Government sought Fletcher's extraditon for the offenses of murder, manslughter, and inflicting grievous bodily harm. However, the US Secretary of State had "determined that Fletcher could not be guaranteed a fair trial in Tonga" because he did not have funds to defend himself.
Thursday 28 September 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Japanese ambassador to Tonga HE Mr Yukio Numata farewelled Tonga in style by performing a "Tongan/Japanese" tau’olunga, during a farewell reception at their residence at ‘Anana, on September 27.
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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ordinary Tongan passports are in short supply due to unexpected increase in demand, which is causing delays in issuing some passports. Non-urgent applicants have been told the new stock is not expected until October.
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Wednesday 28 June 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Ambassador of the Philippines to New Zealand, H.E. Jesus Domingo, visited the Kingdom last week. His visit was unannounced by the Tonga Government but was reported by the LDS church who greeted and welcomed Mr Domingo to their stake.
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