The ambassadors were Maris Sangiampongsa from Thailand and Gerhard Theidemann from Germany. Also there to present his credentials was High Commissioner for India, Vishwas Sapkal.
Sapkal said he was honoured and privileged to be welcomed to a beautiful island paradise, the Cook Islands.
“I bring formal greetings from our prime minister, Pranab Mukherjee, and convey good wishes to the people of Cook Islands,” Sapkal said.
Queens Representative Tom Marsters said 18 years ago the governments of the Cook Islands and India had embarked on a path of cooperation.
He said Cook Islanders protected their culture and held in respect, as did the people of India.
“Today many Cook Islanders enjoy various aspects of India’s contemporary culture,” he added.
While presenting his credentials, Theidemann also presented a letter from his predecessor conveying his friendly greetings.
Theidemann said he had enjoyed the close relationship Germany had with the Cook Islands. The ambassador attended a special handover of fire equipment at Teimurimotia (Takitumu) Fire Rescue Station in Titikaveka today.
Marsters, who gave his deepest sympathy and condolences to the ambassador at the death of Germany’s former president, said the two countries had come a long way in forming diplomatic relations since 2011.
“We look forward to more future relationships ,and the Cook Islands will continue to actively engage towards the betterment of our relationship and people.”
Sangiampongsa said he was honoured to be appointed the first ambassador of Thailand to the Cook Islands.
“The Kingdom of Thailand is honoured to be in dialogue with the Cook Islands and presenting my credentials is a privilege.”
Sangiampongsa said Thailand had been in a close relationship with the Cook Islands in terms of scholarship programmes for training courses in the area of food security.
Marsters said the Cook Islands and Thailand had enjoyed diplomatic relations since 2005 when he had been the Cook Islands’ Minister of Foreign Affairs.
During the Cook Islands 50th anniversary last year Thailand gifted had funds to Tereora College and a school in Atiu as a way of promoting food security and school development, he said.