Six new ambassadors had been accredited by President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. as Palau celebrated its 25th year of independence.

Non-resident Ambassadors José Miguel Capdevila Villarroel of the Republic of Chile, Jana Šedivá of the Czech Republic, Anke Reiffenstuel of the Federal Republic of Germany, Saskia Elisabeth De Lang of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Jorge Moragas Sánchez of the Kingdom of Spain, and Alain Gaschen of Switzerland presented their credentials to President Remengesau on September 30.

President Remengesau acknowledged each of the unique diplomatic relationships that Palau has with the respective nations.

Remengesau, in accepting the credentials of non-resident Chile Ambassador to Palau Villarroel, said he is seeking the support of Chile in specialized educational and human capital trainings. The president also noted that this the two nations’ 20 years of diplomatic ties.

The Czech Republic Ambassador Šedivá, meanwhile, is the fifth nonresident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to Palau. Remengesau said that both the Czech Republic and Palau have shared values and further expressed interest for both countries to develop unique partnership.

In his statement to the new German Ambassador to Palau, the president said that with Germany being “one of the leading pioneers and champions in addressing global climate change”, Palau can also benefit from its assistance in the development of the country’s renewable energy production capabilities.

The president also recognized the Dutch government’s support around the globe in tackling climate change. Apart from that, he also encouraged Spain to choose Palau as a holiday destination and establish Spanish airlines to add Palau in their routes.

Palau’s head of state also recognized the Swiss government’s environmental initiatives, saying that the country is also striving to achieve the same status as one of the top green economies of the world through the its help.

“While Palau’s potential for hydro-electricity may be miniscule, I believe that Switzerland’s know-how and overall success still has relevant inputs to Palau’s endeavor to be more self-reliant in renewable energy production. I hope there can be more dialogue between our nations regarding renewable energy as Palau strives to meet its renewable energy target of 45% by 2025,” the president said upon acceptance of the Swiss Confederation Ambassador to Palau’s credentials. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)