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Tonga to take centre stage at the World Expo 2020

Media 2 Oct 2019

The Kingdom of Tonga opened its sixth Embassy in Abu Dhabi in the presence of His Majesty King Tupou VI and Minister of State Zaki Nusseibeh. The mission was headed by resident ambassador His Excellency 'Akau'ola.

The opening of the embassy signals the close diplomatic ties and deep connections that have existed over time with the Tongan royal family and the leadership of the UAE.

"The United Arab Emirates is an important stepping stone for us to cover in the Middle East. We look at the UAE's incredible vision and progressive growth since 1971 and see it as a model of development." says His Excellency 'Akau'ola, Ambassador to the UAE and Commissioner General for the Kingdom of Tonga at Expo 2020.

The embassy also reinforces Tonga's appreciation of the magnitude of World Expo 2020.

The event will run from October 2020 for 173 days and the Ambassador is confident that establishing the Embassy in Abu Dhabi a year ahead of the grand opening will bolster the Kingdom's position on the Expo stage and ensure the Kingdom nation is ready to fully engage in what is considered to be the 'World's Greatest Show'.

His Majesty King Tupou VI states, "The Kingdom of Tonga is a blank canvas for investors, not only from the Middle East, but the rest of the world. Expo 2020 will bring the world to us - you're going to have America, Russia, China, all these nations coming to the UAE and that for Kingdom of Tonga, is an opportunity not to be missed."

The Kingdom of Tonga's participation in Expo 2020 is driven by His Majesty King Tupou VI, who is aware of the benefits the Expo will bring to private and "grass roots" interests in the nation, ultimately boosting education, youth engagement and employment.

Tonga at Expo 2020

Image: HM King Tupou VI meets with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi with HM King Tupou VI at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi.