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 During the Credentialing ceremony, Ambassador Phokeer was warmly greeted by US President Obama in the Oval Office of the White House. The President pointed out that Mauritius and the US have been working well together and have had several bilateral exchanges recently. The President mentioned the passage of AGOA and that the US looked forward to its implementation which would take US-Sub-Saharan Africa relations to a new level.

In his reply to the President, Ambassador Phokeer expressed appreciation for the excellent state of bilateral relations between the US and Mauritius, and hoped to deepen and strengthen collaboration between our two counties. Considering that Mauritius is a small island state, he wished for the assistance from US in climate change and ocean economy. He hoped that ongoing negotiations for a Bilateral Investment Treaty would progress, that TIFA Council will be held and that a Free Trade Agreement will materialize in the future.

“Mauritius is a valued partner of the US and our shared commitments to good governance, maritime security, and trade and investment benefit [our] countries as well as our neighbors. The US admires Mauritius’ dedication to sustainable development of its ocean economy” according to the US President.

   Remarks to H.E. President Barack Obama by Ambassador Phokeer

   President's Reply

   Ambassador Mr. Sooroojdev Phokeer presented his Credentials to President Obama on 3rd of August 2015 at 17.20 hrs

   Mr. Sooroojdev Phokeer - Appointed Ambassador as from 23rd July 2015

The Mauritius Embassy is located in Washington, D.C. The Embassy has multiple accreditations to the following: Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. It has the following Honorary Consulates under its jurisdiction: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Arizona and Chicago in the U.S.; Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver and Ontario in Canada, and San Fernando in Trinidad and Tobago. The Mauritius Ambassador is the Mauritius Government's representative in the United States and is responsible for the direction and work of the Embassy and its Honorary Consulates.

His task is to present the policies of the Government of Mauritius to the U.S. Government and tothe Americans, to report and explain American policies and views to his own government in Port Louis, and to promote Mauritian interests. He is also responsible for commercial and cultural relations and for visa and consular services.

The Embassy and other posts work to develop and sustain the important and long standing relationship between the United States and Mauritius. This involves dealing with a wide range of political, commercial, cultural and economic questions of mutual interest. Mauritius and the United States share a long history of friendship and partnership based on common democratic values, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, the rule of law, and responsible democratic governance.

The Honorary Consuls keep the Ambassador posted with political, economic and other developments in their consular areas. They also help in providing advice on consular matters to American citizens and others as well as Mauritians in their Consular districts.

Mauritius is a melting pot of major civilizations and faiths of the world. It is a multiracial and pluri-cultural society which accounts for a total population of almost 1.3 million living in peaceful co-existence. Government is based on the Westminster model and successive governments' efforts since independence in 1968 have been to maintain Mauritius as a welfare state.

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