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Ambassador Udall in Niue
October 20, 2022

Ambassador Udall in Niue


19 October 2022 – Alofi, Niue – Premier of Niue, Hon Dalton Tagelagi, yesterday met with U.S. Ambassador Thomas Udall on his first visit to Niue since his appointment in October 2021 also coinciding with the 48 Years of the Niue Constitution celebrations.

During the bilateral meeting, Premier Tagelagi and Ambassador Udall discussed a range of important topics, including the recent announcement by President Biden to recognise Niue as a nation, as well as economic development, security, climate change and COVID-19 issues.

Premier Tagelagi and Ambassador Udall also discussed the importance of coordination and the need to work together to ensure the safety, freedom, and prosperity of each nation’s shared region in the Pacific.

Premier Tagelagi said, “It was a pleasure to meet U.S. Ambassador Udall this morning to affirm our positive and collaborative relationship between Niue and the United States of America. We also discussed President Biden’s recent announcement recognising Niue as a nation which we are very excited about and we look forward to continuing to work together to strengthen our robust bilateral partnerships.”

Ambassador Udall reaffirmed, “The recent announcement at the White House was the start of the formal process of establishing diplomatic relations. The United States and Niue need to work closely together to move the process forward and achieve our mutual goal.”

“Our visit here this week is the just the beginning of the consultation process. I’ve worked in government a long time, and I know something this significant will take time and work, but we’re committed and working together to make it happen,” said Ambassador Udall.

Happy Constitution Day, Niue!

Office of Public Affairs and Diplomacy
U.S. Mission New Zealand
October 20, 2022

U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa Tom Udall is currently visiting Niue and is delighted to be able to attend the Constitution Day commemorations.

“I am so happy to finally be able to visit Niue in person,” said Ambassador Udall. “The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent border closures in Niue and New Zealand were absolutely required to limit the spread of the pandemic within the Pacific Island nations, but they also meant I have been unable to visit this beautiful country until now. It’s wonderful be here for Constitution Day and to be able to share this very important day with everyone in Niue.”

Ambassador at Niue Constitution Day.

“The recent announcement by President Biden recognizing Niue as a nation is the first step in what will be a long process to establish formal diplomatic relations between our two countries. It was wonderful to meet with Premier Tagelagi during this trip to begin the next phase of bringing our nations closer together. I am looking forward to the progress we can make together on this and to many more trips to Niue in the future”.

Photos from Ambassador Udall’s visit will continue to be uploaded on Mission New Zealand’s Flickr page here.

Photos from the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) celebration and presentation of certificates can be found here. 

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