Thursday, 16 December 2021. The Hague, Kingdom of the Netherlands: Her Excellency, The Hon. Titilupe Fanetupouvava’u Tu’ivakano presented her letters of credence from His Majesty King Tupou VI, in a solemn audience, before His Majesty King Willem Alexander, at Noordeinde Palace. The latter was the first physical audience granted for foreign envoys by the Dutch monarch since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The non-resident ambassador conveyed the continued wishes of HM King Tupou VI and the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga for the success of The Netherlands, and the well-being of the Dutch people.
The presentation of credentials was followed by an audience, where discussions on water management, climate change as well as renewable and sustainable energy ensued.
Ambassador Fanetupouvava’u encountered other ambassadors who presented their credentials and dignitaries as well as other high ranking officials of the Dutch government. She was accompanied by her spouse, Major Siaosi Kiu Kaho.
The Tongan High Commissioner located in London is accredited to eleven countries and ten International organizations.
On 17 December, the Dutch Foreign Ministry announced the appointment of Ard van der Vorst as upcoming ambassador to New Zealand, with concurrent accreditation to Tonga, and other island states.
For further information
High Commission of Tonga in London, non-resident Embassy to The Netherlands, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Russian Federation, etc.: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Commission_of_Tonga,_London
Dutch Royal Household: https://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/agenda/2021/12/16/geloofsbrieven-ambassadeurs-tsjaad-tonga-nepal-namibie-bhutan-jamaica-en-zimbabwe
Honorary Consulate of Tonga in Cyprus: https://www.consulatekot.eu