On November 12, in the Administration of the President of the Republic of Abkhazia, an extended meeting took place between President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba and President of the Republic of Nauru Baron Waqa.
Raul Khadzhimba: Dear ladies and gentlemen! We are happy to welcome you in Abkhazia. For us, it is an important event. Relations between the Republic of Nauru and the Republic of Abkhazia are long-term. Our diplomatic relations were established in December 2009. Since that period, several delegations came to Abkhazia on a working visit, which allowed us to make sure once again that we are building kind, confidential and partner relations. These relations create conditions for Abkhazia to be better understood at the international arena. I do not doubt that these relations will develop and get stronger in accordance with the Treaty that was signed in 2016 – the Treaty on Friendship and Cooperation between the Republic of Nauru and the Republic of Abkhazia. No doubt, your visit is a very important event. We already spoke with Mr. Waqa today – the visit is short-term, but I do not doubt that you will have another opportunity to visit our country, to see all of its sights and to get acquainted with our economy and the everyday life of our people. Needless to say, this will be useful for our relations. I would like these relations to be long-term. I hope that today we will continue discussing the issues that are important both to Abkhazia and the Republic of Nauru.
In the absence of diplomatic relations with other states of the Pacific region, I think that it would be acceptable on your part to create an interparliamentary friendship group between the Republic of Abkhazia and the Republic of Nauru, or a group of Abkhazia’s friends, which could include Nauru, Vanuatu and Tuvalu who promoted the interests of Abkhazia in that region. We understand well that international recognition is a slow process, but the possibility of lobbying through these kinds of institutions would allow us to start the development of humanitarian and economic links with a number of states.
I think that it would also be possible to establish relations with the Pacific Islands Forum which includes Nauru, in order to give more information about Abkhazia.
I would like to express gratitude to the government of the Republic of Nauru and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Nauru to the United Nations Marlene Moses for their support during the discussion of the refugee subject at the UN General Assembly. Unfortunately, Abkhazia does not have an opportunity to represent its position there yet. But our friends give us an opportunity to speak out and inform the international community about the situation in Abkhazia. Thank you once again for being with us today. I hope that in the course of today’s evening, we will be able to discuss many questions.
Baron Waqa (as translated): Thank you, Mr. Khadzhimba. I would like to say that recently, my colleagues and I decided to make this visit to Abkhazia. This visit aims to show that we are your friends and that there is solidarity between our nations. I should have come to Abkhazia much earlier, but due to some circumstances I could not do it, I was very busy. However, I am aware that my colleagues, in particular, Speaker of Parliament and high-level officials at the ministerial level, visited Abkhazia during the events of great importance in the Republic. They came to Abkhazia on my behalf, and I am happy about that.
There is one woman in our delegation, Ms. Charmain Scotty. She is the only woman in our government, which is not as big as could be imagined. She deals with issues of health and education, and also helps me in climate change issues. I would even say that she is like a lion in that she fights for all issues that we defend. I can assure you that if needed, she would fight for you to the last. Also on my right side is Mr. Dube. He deals with foreign policy and helps me a lot during my foreign visits. I would also like to introduce my colleagues. First of all, as you have already mentioned, it is Ms. Moses. She does not need any instructions, any advice from the capital. She always knows what to do, what to say at the UN, what thoughts to express when it comes to Abkhazia. She has the full range of information about Abkhazia, and she always knows what to express. There is also Mr. Aroy here with us, a very influential man in Nauru, Secretary for Foreign Policy. Here with us is also Mr. Gadabu, he works with Ms. Moses. Both of them lobby the interests of Abkhazia in the UN. I would also like to mention my loyal assistant and adviser Mr. Canon who is always with me during my foreign visits.
Your Excellency, I would like to say a few words about what we have discussed today, about all our mutual assurances and intentions. You can fully count on us as on a loyal partner, on a strong shoulder that will support you. We plan to continue lobbying your interests and the process of the recognition of Abkhazia. I would also like to say that we do not expect anything from you, except for your friendship. It is very dear to us, and our attitude is sincere. We are attentive to everything that happens in Abkhazia. We also know what happens in our neighbouring states, in particular, the difficulties that our neighbours encountered. I would like to assure you that we will do everything possible so that such difficulties would not arise in the future.
Thank you very much. If you have any questions that you would like to discuss, we would be happy to discuss them with you.
Raul Khadzhimba: Thank you. Speaking about cooperation, my colleagues sitting by my side will also be working with you directly. They are Minister of Culture Elvira Arsalia, Head of the Administration of the President Daur Arshba, Speaker of Parliament and one of the famous, oldest politicians Valery Kvarchia, and the person who accompanies you today Minister of Foreign Affairs Daur Kove. There is no doubt that our nations will also actively participate in those processes that you have spoken about and that we have discussed. It is important to us, and these relations should grow stronger.
Speaker of the People’s Assembly-Parliament Valery Kvarchia, Head of the Administration of the President of the Republic of Abkhazia Daur Arshba, Minister of Foreign Affairs Daur Kove, and Minister of Culture and the Preservation of Historical and Cultural Heritage Elvira Arsalia took part in the meeting from the Abkhazian side. On the Nauru side, Member of Parliament, Minister of Health and Education Charmaine Scotty, Member of Parliament, Adviser to the President Milton Dube, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Nauru to the United Nations Marlene Moses, First Lady Louisa Waqa, Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mike Aroy, first secretary of the permanent Office at the UN Rennier Gadabu, and assistant David Canon took part in the meeting.
On November 12, President of the Republic of Nauru Baron Waqa came to the Republic of Abkhazia on a working visit. The delegation, headed by President of the Republic of Nauru, includes a Member of Parliament, Minister of Health and Education Charmaine Scotty, Member of Parliament, Adviser to the President on Special Assignments Milton Dube, and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Nauru to the United Nations Marlene Moses.