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Friday 18 March 2022

London, United Kingdom
Heads of Diplomatic Missions from all Commonwealth countries, including Tonga, joined Royal guests and representatives at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the Commonwealth Family earlier this week. This year was the first time Tonga had two flag-bearers, Laumanu Mafi, a Chevening Scholar who carried the flag of the Kingdom of Tonga, and John Kautoke, a Law graduate in London who carried the flag of the Independent State of Samoa.
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Friday 25 February 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Poasi Tei and the Chinese Ambassador to Tonga HE Cao Xaolin signed handover certificates for the general contribution from the People’s Republic of China to Tonga at an official ceremony today at Vuna Wharf, Nuku'alofa.
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Monday 20 December 2021

The Hague, Netherlands
H.E. Hon. Titilupe Fanetupouvava'u Tu'ivakano joined other ambassadors to present her credentials to HM King Willem Alexander at Noordeinde Palace in The Hague, Netherlands on December 16, in the first physical audience granted by the King of the Netherlands, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Friday 1 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The new Australian High Commissioner to Tonga, HE Rachael Moore presented her credentials to HM King Tupou VI at the Royal Palace, Nuku’alofa on 29 September 2021.
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Wednesday 29 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Ambassador of the European Union for the Pacific, HE Sujiro Seam presented his letters of credence to His Majesty King Tupou VI in a virtual ceremony yesterday, 28 September 2021. He noted the EU's long-standing cooperation in the energy sector and common priorities on climate change, sustainable development and oceans.
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Monday 27 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Chinese President Xi Jinping had a phone conversation with King Tupou VI of Tonga last week on 24 September. “Tonga will continue to firmly support China on issues concerning its core interests,” stated a report posted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China.
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Monday 6 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga formalized diplomatic ties with the State of Kuwait at an official ceremony at the Permanent Mission of the State of Kuwait to the United Nations office in New York, USA, on 2 September.
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Thursday 26 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan Ambassador, HE Mr Viliami Va‘inga Tōnē fist-bumped Nicolás Maduro Moros, the controversial President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on Tuesday August 24 in the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, after he presented his Letter of Credence.
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Friday 13 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia has provided a further AUD$5 million to support Tonga’s formal and informal business sector impacted by COVID-19.
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Wednesday 16 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
China has provided RMB 70 million ( about $24.5 million pa'anga) to Tonga under an agreement on economic and technical cooperation, to fund priority projects agreed to by both governments.
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Friday 11 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia has donated AUD$12.05m to Tonga to help overcome the economic impacts of COVID-19.
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Tuesday 1 June 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mrs ‘Amelia Fakahikuo’uiha Liliu’okalani Fonua Helu has been appointed as the Honorary Consul of Spain to Tonga at an official presentation ceremony held on May 28.
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Saturday 15 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Outward migration and growth in remittances are essential for the sustainable development of Tonga, concludes the first national ‘Migration and Sustainable Development Policy’, launched by the Prime Minister on April 28. The new policy, two-years in the making, was passed by Cabinet in November 2020. However, its directions remain conflicted by the Health Emergency border restrictions that limit travel. By Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 13 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM King Tupou VI accepted Letters of Credence from Japan’s new Ambassador to Tonga, HE Mr Munenaga Kensaku and the new resident British High Commissioner, Lucy Joyce at the Royal Palace on 12 May. This is the first Diplomatic Week held since January 2020, when COVID-19 impacted international travel restricting ambassadorial visits to Tonga.
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Friday 7 May 2021

New York, USA
US President Joseph Biden welcomed Ambassador of Tonga to the United States of America, Viliami Va’inga Tone, as a member of the diplomatic corps in Washington, after accepting his Letter of Credence on April 20.
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Thursday 29 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The new British High Commissioner Designate to Tonga, HE Lucy Joyce, congratulated Tonga on its covid-free status this week. The vaccine had arrived before the virus and “not many countries are in such a privileged position,” she said on Tuesday. The High Commission is officially reopening in May after closing for 15 years.
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Tuesday 23 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The United States Peace Corps celebrated its 60th anniversary of worldwide friendship and service, at an event in Nuku'alofa on March 22. By Eleanor Gee
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Friday 26 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 61st birthday of HIM Emperor Naruhito of Japan was celebrated in Tonga yesterday evening, at the 'Anana residence of the Ambassador Designate of Japan to the Kingdom of Tonga, HE Mr Munenaga Kensaku.
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Thursday 28 January 2021

Nicosia, Cyprus
Mr Joseph Borghese has been appointed Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Tonga to Cyprus by the Privy Council of King Tupou VI, Tonga's Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed today.
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Thursday 14 January 2021

Washington DC, USA
Tonga has been kicked out of the United States non-immigrant worker programs H-2A and H-2B due to Tonga’s refusal to accept ICE charter flights to repatriate nationals ordered to be removed from the US.
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