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Concorde carrying Oyusard delegation arriving in the SSI

December 21st, 2018, 10:00, King Tomasso International Airport

At first, the decision to purchase @Fleur de Lysian Concordes for both civil and diplomatic transportation was mildly controversial, now, however, 15 months later, the aeroplanes had shown their usefulness on several occasions. Today was another example of this. The supersonic vessel carried leading @Oyusard diplomats to the Sunset Sea Islands in record time. The twenty-two thousand kilometre journey only took the Oyusard ambassador to the Radiant Republic, Tai Lubis, Foreign Minister Lili Epol, and the Matriarch herself, Kera Eka Lam only a little over ten hours. Aside from their aides and assistants, a fourth diplomat arrived alongside the three main guests: the Oyusard ambassador to @Gallambria, Kayleigh Hani.

The code of conduct for events like these was studied in well by now. Decades of intense efforts of establishing international diplomatic exchanges made the Sunset Sea Islandians into masters of logistics when it came to transporting foreign emissaries and VIPs from A to B.

As the four women descended from the aeroplane, the state orchestra of the Radiant Republic of the Sunset Sea Islands began playing the national anthem of Oyus. Flags of both nations lined the red carpet that connected the aeroplane's stairs and the opened doors of a bullet-proof limousine.

At the same time, Prime Minister Theresa Tumbleweed, and Nguyệt Hoàng, the SSI ambassador to Oyus, left the limousine. First, the national leaders shook hands as they turned toward a camera. Nguyệt Hoàng, the only male diplomat involved in the meeting, stood a little bit behind the Prime Minister and bowed slightly towards the Oyusards. However, as Theresa Tumbleweed turned towards the Foreign Minister and the ambassadors, the Matriarch also approached Hoàng and, to his surprise, extended her hand towards him. Gratefully, he accepted the greeting. Once everyone had greeted each other and enough footage was recorded to satisfy the news outlets of both nations, the six politicians entered the armoured car.

The inside was as luxurious as the plane the Oyusards arrived in. The black interior was tastefully decorated with golden accents and the leather seats were arranged in such a way that the six of them could directly talk to each other. Prime Minister Theresa Tumbleweed was the first to take the word.

"Once more, now that we're in private, welcome to the Radiant Republic, Kera, Foreign Minister and Ambassadors. Although this car is navigating autonomously, a chauffeur is sitting behind the wheel for safety measures. However, to ensure that You can feel at ease, he can not hear us. Furthermore, there are no surveillance systems installed in this car, so You can rest assured. Several foreign diplomats have asked about whether or not their vehicles are being listened in on, so we have taken precautions to prevent such unpleasant situations. As this car will first us on a tour through the nation's capital before we will be arriving at Yuyake 101, I'd be glad to offer You a drink from the wide selection of non-alcoholic beverages in the car's bar. We have even acquired some traditional Oyusard beverages, should local choices not satisfy Your thirst. But first, let me ask You, Kera, how was the flight?"

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The thought and professionalism behind the welcoming of the Oyusard delegation was not unnoticed as the four women took it all in. Perhaps the only time that any of them were slightly concerned was Epol, turned to the Kera, while the Oyusard national anthem was played in orchestra form as opposed to the traditional song - though no one would for sure have been able to tell unless they were looking for it specifically in archival footage. Otherwise, no one would really know. Of the pack, perhaps the only one who seemed not as well prepared as one would have hoped was the newly Ambassador to the Radiant Republic, Lubis, who had just been inaugurated into the office not even 2 weeks ago. Possibly why Hani was plucked from Bromwich for this meeting.

The four settled into the black luxury tank, receptive of the Prime Minister's words. Lubis would be the only one taking up the PM's offer to take a friendlier drink from home, as the other three merely opted for water. "I appreciate the notice and respect afforded in not recording our conversations. I pay no mind to the actual practice, just so long as I am aware. The flight was smooth. It was quite different. A pleasant one.I would like to apologize for Ambassador Lubis. We have only just brought her in to the Ministry within the past couple. Unfortunately, there are not many of us that are well acquainted with travel within Oyus, it is not something we do often." Epol would chime in, reinforcing Lam's statement, "We are working right now in getting all these new faces up to speed. For this reason we have brought along Ambassador Hani, who has served a fair share of time as the top diplomat to Gallambria." Hani would nod her head. "It is an honor to be guests, Prime Minister, and we very much appreciate your reaching out to us as we start this new chapter in our country's history. There is plenty I hope we can discuss."

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“Prime Minister Tumbleweed, I think those are great starting points for discussions. There is a lot to hash out having more formalized relations between the Matriarchy and the Radiant Republic. Being members of the GIN is precisely one of the reasons we believe this new relationship would not only be a good one, but a necessary one too. We would be more than happy to host officials of the Radiant Republic to coordinate possible solutions to issues we face. Likewise, we are more than willing to send members here to help come up with solutions presently and in the future.

I would venture to say that participation is not just potential but rather certain in the Manamana League. We have every intention to ensure this project is successful as we can only stand to benefit and we would be happy to increase the sustainability of the canal. Seeing the canal’s completion is considered a top priority as far as foreign policy and economic policy goes for us.” Lam stated.

Epol, the Foreign Minister, and Hani, the Ambassador to Gallambria, nodded in agreement. While unconfirmed, it has long been rumored since the Matriarchy made a massive change in foreign policy that it had almost everything to do with the canal. Everything else seems like icing on cake when collaborating with other nations. If completed, the location of Oyus made it a prime location as a business friendly nation to conduct commerce, including being able to further dabble in shipping. No doubt, Manamana East would double its income. No matter the amount of money the Matriarchy invested it would quickly make it back given a little time and acclimation.

“Visa policy is something we would definitely discuss as we would want to establish something in line with our core principles. We would also welcome foreign investment in domestic projects to promote growth, especially smart growth.” Epol added. She was well aware of a project by the shipping magnate in Brisore and the Kera’s desire to aid projects similar to it. However, it had to be done right. Too hasty or allowing a shoddy job, and it would be anything between riddled with crime, to being a nightmare whenever it experiences a typhoon. Regardless, it would get nowhere without some help from the outside. 

Hani followed and made a push. “Seeing our industries grow would also be something we would seek to do by possibly having the introduction of our own automobiles here. Our companies are flushed with cash to use for investment and have asked us to trailblaze an opening to investment abroad.” Ambassador Hani understood that to grow domestically, it needed to invest abroad. Oyus was too small of a country to see the full potential of its businesses. It is easy to grow quickly with so few people on the isles. Many businesses could become content with the excess profits and begin lining their pockets with hefty bonuses as opposed to reinvesting it.

As each rose to speak, the other would sit. The multicultural nation that is Oyus with several populations of non-native nationalities had dreams of ascending to higher places in the world and at home. However, to achieve this goal it would take reaching out to the world to show that it was a willing partner in the betterment of the human race and deserving of such a reward. One of the reasons why Kayleigh Hani was so high up in the Ministry was for the very reason she understood the journey ahead for the Matriarchy in order to achieve its goals, long term and short. It was of great astonishment when she passed up the possibility of being the next Minister before the Kera chose Lili Epol.

“I believe that would be what we would want to cover. As we discuss further, I am sure we will find other things of interest. There is surely plenty both our countries can offer each other.”

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