7 Apr 2008

Marshalls parliament approves new diplomats

1:25 pm on 7 April 2008

The Marshall Islands parliament has approved a new lineup of ambassadors to the United States, Asia and the Pacific.

Three of the group are former members of parliament.

In a virtual clean sweep, the new government has kept only one of the ambassadors from the previous administration, while naming its youngest ambassador to head its most important embassy in Washington, D.C.

On its final session before adjourning until August, the parliament approved six appointments to countries such as Japan and Fiji.

The Foreign Minister, Tony deBrum, said the appointments reflect the change in government, which is focussing on a diplomatic push to renegotiate sections of the Compact of Free Association that governs ties with the United States.