Marshall Islands' new ambassador to Taipei takes up post (Taiwan News)

Taipei, Aug. 27 (CNA) The Marshall Islands’ new ambassador to Taiwan has arrived in the country to assume duties, a Taiwanese official responsible for East Asian and Pacific affairs in the foreign ministry said Thursday. Fredrick Muller arrived in Taiwan Aug. 25 to take up his post as ambassador, said Elliot Charng (???), director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, at a regular news briefing. Prior to his posting in Taipei, Muller was his country’s ambassador to Fiji, according to the foreign ministry. His previous posts also included serving as a member of the Marshall Islands parliament 2008-2012, the ministry said. Muller succeeds Philip Kabua, who served for seven years as the Marshall Islands’ ambassador to Taiwan until July 26. At the end of Kabua’s tenure, Taiwan awarded him the Order of Brilliant Star with Grand Cordon in recognition of his efforts to advance bilateral ties. The Marshall Islands is one of Taiwan’s 22 diplomatic allies, most of which are Central American and Pacific island countries. (By Elaine Hou)