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Diplomatic appointment: Nauru

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M184 19 DECEMBER 1991


The Acting Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister, Neal Blewett, announced today the appointment of Mr Denis Fitzgerald as High Commissioner in Nauru.

Dr Blewett said Australia had a close and long-standing relationship with Nauru based on economic, social and educational links and cooperation in South Pacific regional organisations.

"Australia and Nauru have moved recently to broaden further their bilateral contacts including through the state visit to Australia of Nauru's President Dowiyogo in April 1991," Dr Blewett said.

"Australia has a significant interest in the long-term economic and social welfare of the Nauruan people and is willing to discuss further development of the relationship between the two countries."

He said Australia had maintained resident diplomatic representation in the country since its independence in 1968.

Mr Fitzgerald, 37, has served in London and Honiara and worked at the World Bank. He is a senior officer in the Australian International Development Assistance Bureau at present, serving as Regional Director in Melbourne. He is expected to take up his position early next year.