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Fiji Mourns the Loss of High Commissioner Mosese Tikoitoga in Papua New Guinea

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Fiji confirmed the passing of Fiji’s high commissioner to Papua New Guinea, Mosese Tikoitoga, in Port Moresby on Friday, following a brief illness.

Expressing their condolences, the ministry acknowledged Tikoitoga's remarkable leadership, unwavering commitment, and diligent efforts that significantly contributed to fostering and strengthening the bilateral relations between Fiji and Papua New Guinea.

Tikoitoga had previously served as the high commissioner to PNG in Port Moresby until the mission was closed in November 2020. However, he returned to his post in September of this year, after the Fiji government's decision to reopen the embassy. Aside from his diplomatic duties, Tikoitoga was an avid golfer and held a membership at the Royal Port Moresby Golf Club.

His notable career also encompassed his role as the Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces in 2014 and 2015. The ministry praised his dedication, pride, and humility in carrying out this responsibility.

Plans are underway to repatriate Tikoitoga's body to Fiji, where he is anticipated to receive a full military funeral in recognition of his service as a former military commander.

Tikoitoga pursued higher education at the University of Canberra, earning a Master's in Management in Defence Studies. He also obtained a Master's of Philosophy in Defence and Strategic Studies from the University of Madras. In addition to his diplomatic and military career, in 2011, he served as the chairman of the Fiji Rugby Union.

His passing is mourned not only within diplomatic circles but also across the spheres where he made impactful contributions throughout his distinguished career.

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