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Ambassador of the United States to Fiji
U.S. Department of State official seal.svg
Seal of the United States Department of State
Marie C. Damour, U.S. Consul General.jpg
Incumbent
Marie C. Damour

since November 24, 2022
NominatorThe President of the United States
AppointerThe President
with Senate advice and consent
Inaugural holderRobert Woltz Skiff
as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim
FormationNovember 1, 1971
WebsiteU.S. Embassy - Suva

The United States ambassador to Fiji is the official representative of the government of the United States to the government of Fiji. The ambassador is concurrently the ambassador to Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu, while residing in Suva, Fiji.

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Fiji

Fiji

Fiji, officially the Republic of Fiji, is an island country in Melanesia, part of Oceania in the South Pacific Ocean. It lies about 1,100 nautical miles north-northeast of New Zealand. Fiji consists of an archipelago of more than 330 islands—of which about 110 are permanently inhabited—and more than 500 islets, amounting to a total land area of about 18,300 square kilometres (7,100 sq mi). The most outlying island group is Ono-i-Lau. About 87% of the total population of 924,610 live on the two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. About three-quarters of Fijians live on Viti Levu's coasts: either in the capital city of Suva; or in smaller urban centres such as Nadi—where tourism is the major local industry; or in Lautoka, where the sugar-cane industry is dominant. The interior of Viti Levu is sparsely inhabited because of its terrain.

Kiribati

Kiribati

Kiribati, officially the Republic of Kiribati, is an island country in Oceania in the central Pacific Ocean. The permanent population is over 119,000 (2020), more than half of whom live on Tarawa atoll. The state comprises 32 atolls and one remote raised coral island, Banaba. There is a total land area of 811 square kilometres dispersed over 3.5 million km2 (1.4 million sq mi) of ocean.

Nauru

Nauru

Nauru, officially the Republic of Nauru and formerly known as Pleasant Island, is an island country and microstate in Oceania, in the Central Pacific. Its nearest neighbour is Banaba Island in Kiribati, about 300 km (190 mi) to the east. It further lies northwest of Tuvalu, 1,300 km (810 mi) northeast of Solomon Islands, east-northeast of Papua New Guinea, southeast of the Federated States of Micronesia and south of the Marshall Islands. With only a 21 km2 (8.1 sq mi) area, Nauru is the third-smallest country in the world behind Vatican City and Monaco, making it the smallest republic as well as the smallest island nation. Its population of about 10,000 is the world's second-smallest, after Vatican City.

Tonga

Tonga

Tonga, officially the Kingdom of Tonga, is a Polynesian country and archipelago. The country has 171 islands – of which 45 are inhabited. Its total surface area is about 750 km2 (290 sq mi), scattered over 700,000 km2 (270,000 sq mi) in the southern Pacific Ocean. As of 2021, according to Johnson's Tribune, Tonga has a population of 104,494, 70% of whom reside on the main island, Tongatapu. The country stretches approximately 800 km (500 mi) north-south. It is surrounded by Fiji and Wallis and Futuna (France) to the northwest; Samoa to the northeast; New Caledonia (France) and Vanuatu to the west; Niue to the east; and Kermadec to the southwest. Tonga is about 1,800 km (1,100 mi) from New Zealand's North Island.

Tuvalu

Tuvalu

Tuvalu is an island country and microstate in the Polynesian subregion of Oceania in the Pacific Ocean. Its islands are situated about midway between Hawaii and Australia. They lie east-northeast of the Santa Cruz Islands, northeast of Vanuatu, southeast of Nauru, south of Kiribati, west of Tokelau, northwest of Samoa and Wallis and Futuna, and north of Fiji. Tuvalu is composed of three reef islands and six atolls. They are spread out between the latitude of 5° and 10° south and between the longitude of 176° and 180°. They lie west of the International Date Line. Tuvalu has a population of 10,507. The total land area of the islands of Tuvalu is 26 square kilometres (10 sq mi).

Suva

Suva

Suva is the capital and largest city of Fiji. It is the home of the country largest metropolitan area and serves as its major port. Located on the southeast coast of the island of Viti Levu, in Rewa Province, Central Division.

Ambassadors

Name Title Appointed Presented credentials Terminated mission Notes
Robert Woltz Skiff – Career FSO Chargé d'Affaires ad interim November 1, 1971 Unknown November 6, 1972
Kenneth Franzheim II – Political appointee Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary February 15, 1972 May 22, 1972 November 6, 1972
Armistead Inge Selden – Political appointee March 1, 1974 April 17, 1974 April 10, 1978
John Peter Condon – Career FSO March 2, 1978 April 11, 1978 July 27, 1980
William Bodde – Political appointee June 30, 1980 August 12, 1980 August 15, 1981
Fred J. Eckert – Political appointee February 11, 1982 February 25, 1982 May 7, 1984
Carl Edward Dillery – Career FSO September 27, 1984 November 1, 1984 July 15, 1987
Leonard Rochwarger – Political appointee September 28, 1987 March 11, 1988 August 31, 1989
Evelyn Irene Hoopes Teegan – Political appointee October 10, 1989 November 21, 1989 March 5, 1993
Robert Woltz Skiff – Career FSO Chargé d'Affaires ad interim June 1995 Unknown December 19, 1995
Don Lee Gevirtz – Political appointee Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary December 19, 1995 February 2, 1996 September 28, 1997
M. Osman Siddique – Political appointee August 9, 1999 September 13, 1999 June 30, 2001
Ronald Keith McMullen – Career FSO Chargé d'Affaires ad interim June 30, 2001 Unknown June 2002
Hugh M. Neighbor – Career FSO June 2002 Unknown January 9, 2003
David L. Lyon – Career FSO Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary November 15, 2002 January 9, 2003 July 23, 2005
Larry Miles Dinger – Career FSO June 27, 2005 August 23, 2005 July 5, 2008
C. Steven McGann – Career FSO October 6, 2008 November 24, 2008 October 13, 2011
Frankie A. Reed – Career FSO August 4, 2011 October 13, 2011 January 5, 2015
Judith Beth Cefkin – Career FSO December 11, 2014 February 3, 2015 February 25, 2018 Confirmed November 19, 2014
Michael B. Goldman – Career FSO Chargé d'Affaires ad interim February 25, 2018 N/A December 23, 2019
Joseph Cella Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary September 26, 2019 December 23, 2019 January 20, 2021 Confirmed September 17, 2019
Tony Greubel Chargé d'Affaires ad interim January 20, 2021 N/A November 23, 2022
Marie C. Damour Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary August 4, 2022 November 24, 2022 Incumbent

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Letter of credence

Letter of credence

A letter of credence is a formal diplomatic letter that designates a diplomat as ambassador to another sovereign state. Commonly known as diplomatic credentials, the letter is addressed from one head of state to another, asking them to give credence to the ambassador's claim of speaking for their country. The letter is presented personally by the ambassador-designate to the receiving head of state in a formal ceremony, marking the beginning of the ambassadorship.

Kenneth Franzheim II

Kenneth Franzheim II

Kenneth Franzheim II was a Houston oilman, philanthropist, and envoy. He served under U.S. President Richard Nixon as the United States Ambassador to New Zealand, Western Samoa, Tonga and Fiji from 1969 to 1972.

Fred J. Eckert

Fred J. Eckert

Fred J. Eckert is an American politician and diplomat who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from New York's 30th congressional district for one term. A friend and political ally of Ronald Reagan, Eckert had previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, and Tuvalu.

Carl Edward Dillery

Carl Edward Dillery

Carl Edward Dillery was the U.S. ambassador to Fiji, Tonga, Tuvalu and Kiribati and chair of the American Foreign Service Association’s (AFSA) Scholarship Committee for 15 years and retiree vice president from 1991 to 1993.

Evelyn Irene Hoopes Teegan

Evelyn Irene Hoopes Teegan

Evelyn Irene Hoopes Teegan was a non-career appointee who served concurrent appointments as the American Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Kiribati, Tuvalu, Fiji, and Tonga from November 21, 1989, to March 5, 1993.

Don Lee Gevirtz

Don Lee Gevirtz

Don Lee Gevirtz (1928–2001) was a non-career appointee who served concurrent appointments as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Tuvalu, Fiji, Nauru and Tonga from 1995 until 1997.

M. Osman Siddique

M. Osman Siddique

M. Osman Siddique is an American politician, former ambassador, and author. He served as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Fiji and to the Republic of Nauru, to the Kingdom of Tonga and to Tuvalu from 1999 to 2001. He was the US Ambassador during the 2000 Fijian coup d'état. Siddique is the first American-Muslim to be appointed as an Ambassador from the United States.

Larry Miles Dinger

Larry Miles Dinger

Larry Miles Dinger was the U.S. chargé d'affaires to Burma from 2008 to August 2011. Since the United States did not accredit a formal United States Ambassador to Burma from 1990 to 2012, the chargé d'affaires was the chief of mission and the most senior official in the embassy.

Frankie A. Reed

Frankie A. Reed

Frankie Annette Reed is an American diplomat. She is currently the United States Consul-General in Melbourne. From 2011-2015 she was the United States Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu. She has a BA in journalism from Howard University and a doctorate in law from the University of California, Berkeley.

Judith Beth Cefkin

Judith Beth Cefkin

Judith Beth Cefkin is an American diplomat and former ambassador to five nations in Oceania. She served concurrently as the ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu, while resident in Suva, Fiji.

Joseph Cella

Joseph Cella

Joseph James Cella is an American diplomat and political advisor, who served concurrently as the United States Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu from 2019 to 2021. A prominent Roman Catholic, Cella co-founded the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast and Catholic Vote.

Marie C. Damour

Marie C. Damour

Marie C. Damour is an American diplomat who is the current Ambassador to Fiji, serving concurrently as the ambassador to Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu. She previously served as Consul General of the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Source: "List of ambassadors of the United States to Fiji", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ambassadors_of_the_United_States_to_Fiji.

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References
  • United States Department of State: Background notes on Fiji
  • Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets. United States Department of State.
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