One of Vanuatu's former colonial masters, the United Kingdom, has posted a high commissioner in Port Vila for the first time in 15 years.
It was an enormous privilege to present my credentials from HM The Queen to the President of the Republic of #Vanuatu earlier today, as we open our new, resident British High Commission in Port Vila. #UKinVanuatu #PacificUplift #FirstDay #Newjob pic.twitter.com/QtJeYP5rXj— Karen Bell (@KarenBell) July 23, 2019
Karen Bell was welcomed this week by the first all women guard of honour.
The Daily Post newspaper reports that in a number of requests to the foreign diplomat, President Obed Moses Tallis, asked her to support Vanuatu's application to have West Papua added to the United Nations' Decolonisation List.