Former Shepparton resident Margaret Twomey is headed to Fiji to take up the role of Australia's high commissioner to the country.December 17, 2012 4:25am
Career diplomat and former Shepparton resident Margaret Twomey has been announced as Australia’s new high commissioner to Fiji, ending a three-year hiatus caused by the expulsion of Australia’s previous high commissioner in 2009.
Foreign Minister Bob Carr said the decision to appoint Ms Twomey was an agreed outcome of trilateral talks with Fiji and New Zealand in Sydney in July this year.
‘‘I welcome recent moves towards democracy in Fiji, including work towards an electronic electoral roll ahead of the elections scheduled for 2014,’’ Mr Carr said.
‘‘There is a long way to go, but recent steps forward deserve the recognition agreed upon in our talks in July. Australia will continue to encourage Fiji’s return to democracy and the civilianisation of government positions.’’
Ms Twomey, who is expected to take up her appointment in February, is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and is Australian ambassador to the Russian Federation.
She has previously served as ambassador to East Timor, deputy head of mission at the Australian high commission, Suva, and in previous postings to London and Belgrade.
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