The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MFAET) announced the passing of Solomon Islands first Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), His Excellency the late John Moffat Fugui on Thursday (22nd December).
The 61-year-old late ambassador passed away in Beijing after suffering Cardiac Arrest.
MFAET is currently Liaising with the People’s Republic of China’s Foreign Affairs Ministry on arrangements to bring Late Ambassador John Moffat Fugui home.
A condolence book will be made open for signature to the Government and the diplomatic community.
The Ministry has described the passing of late Fugui as a loss of an inspirational leader, a person who loved his country and devoted his life to serve. He was also described as a Diplomat with great visions to connect Solomon Islands with the biggest country in the world (PRC).
He was also a well-read diplomat who interacted well with youths until his passing.
Apart from his recent assignment as a diplomat, the late Fugui was a Member of Parliament from 2010 to 2020. He held a number of Ministerial posts including as Minister of Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD), Minister of Public Service, Minister of Environment, Conservation & Meteorology, and Disaster Management and as Deputy Speaker of Parliament.
He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand as well as a master’s in politics from the University of Hawaii, Monoa, Honolulu.
The Ministry conveys its deep condolences to Madam Jennifer Fugui and their four children, may God bless his soul.