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Britain to reopen its diplomatic mission in Vanuatu on July

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The British designated commissioner to Vanuatu, David Ward, confirmed that the British High Commission will reopen its door in Port Vila on July this year.
It was during the celebration of Queen’s birthday on Tuesday this week that the confirmation was made public in the presence of President of the Republic, Obed Moses Talis, and the New Zealand High Commissioner to Vanuatu, Jonathan Schwas.
The interest of Britain to reopen its diplomatic mission in Vanuatu follows the visit last year of Prince Charles.
Britain closed its office in Vanuatu in the early 2000 and moved its office to Honiara, Solomon Islands with responsibility also for Vanuatu and its affairs in the country were overseen by the New Zealand High Commission in Port Vila.
It was Britain and France which colonized the New Hebrides through a pact they signed in 1906 until 1980 when the country gained its independence.