12 Dec 2002

New US ambassador to four Pacific nations

11:10 am on 12 December 2002

The United States has appointed a new ambassador to Fiji, Tonga, Tuvalu and Nauru after a break of nearly two years.

The US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, swore in David Lawrence Lyon in Washington yesterday.

Mr Lyon will take up his position in the Suva-based US embassy in January.

The last American ambassador to the four countries, Osman Siddique, left Suva several months after the Fiji coup.