23 Jan 2020

EU seeks closer ties with Vanuatu, says new ambassador

10:44 am on 23 January 2020

The European Union's new ambassador for the Pacific has presented his credentials in Vanuatu.

European Union's ambassador for the Pacific, Sujiro Seam.

European Union's ambassador for the Pacific, Sujiro Seam. Photo: Twitter / Sujiro Seam

Sujiro Seam presented his letters of credence to the President of the Republic of Vanuatu, Moses Obed Tallis in Port-Vila.

He also met with Vanuatu's caretaker prime minister, Charlot Salwai.

According to Mr Seam, they had an in-depth discussion covering taxation, illegal fishing and passports.

The EU sought a closer relationship with Vanuatu beyond development co-operation, to gradual integration in the global economy and deepening political dialogue, he said.

''Vanuatu is a key partner for the EU in the Pacific. Our close friendship with Vanuatu has helped solidify our shared interests, values, security and prosperity.

"The EU is and will remain a friend of Vanuatu on climate change, resilience, biodiversity, ocean, human rights and peace and security,'' he said.

Mr Seam is a French citizen. He, his wife and their two children have moved to Fiji, where his role is based.