THE country has lost one of its long-serving diplomats and public servants on Monday this week.
Beraki Jino, who hailed from Marovo in Western Province, died at the National Referral Hospital after a long illness.
As a career diplomat who had worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for many years, Mr Jino had served in New York, United States of America; Brussels, Europe; Taipei, Taiwan; and Canberra, Australia.
He spent the last days of his working life as Permanent Secretary in the Foreign Affairs ministry.
Many of his colleagues and school mates paid tribute to Mr Jino on social media.
The country’s ambassador to New York, Collin Beck said Mr Jino was an accomplished diplomat who served his nation with pride.
Dr Transform Aqorau, who currently heads the Marshall Islands-based Parties to the Nauru Agreement, was a former work colleague of Mr Jino.
“We started our working careers together in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and had so many good and happy times,” Dr Aqorau said on facebook.
“Like our colleague the late Senda Fifi, I never once saw him lose his cool,” he continued.
“He was always a happy person, smiling, and full of humour.”
Dr Aqorau said Mr Jino dedicated his entire working life to the service of our country, the protection of our interests, to the preservation of our values at the United Nations, to the European Community, to Tawain and Australia and to the wider Pacific community.
Arrangements are being made for his funeral service.