Diplomacy

Obama: Fiji stands out as a global and regional leader

Amercian President Barack Obama met Fiji’s Ambassador to the United States of America, Mr Naivakarurubalavu Solo Mara at the Oval Office in Washington DC last Thursday. According to a government statement, Mr. Mara presented his Letters of Credence as well as briefed President Obama on socio-political reforms in Fiji. In response, President Obama said: Fiji and the United […]

Calvin Prasad

January 30, 2016 10:47 pm

Amercian President Barack Obama met Fiji’s Ambassador to the United States of America, Mr Naivakarurubalavu Solo Mara at the Oval Office in Washington DC last Thursday.

US President Barack Obama receving Fijian Ambassador Mr. Solo Mara at the Oval office. Photo: DEPTFO.
US President Barack Obama receiving Fijian Ambassador Mr. Solo Mara at the Oval office. Photo: DEPTFO.

According to a government statement, Mr. Mara presented his Letters of Credence as well as briefed President Obama on socio-political reforms in Fiji.

In response, President Obama said:

Fiji and the United States share a long history of friendship and as someone who grew up in Hawaii, has a special attachment to Pacific Island countries. The warm hospitality and enthusiasm of the people of Fiji mean a great deal to him and to the United States.

Fiji, despite its status as a small island country in the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, stands out as a global and regional leader. On international security, Fiji contributes significantly to peacekeeping operations. Fiji also played an important role in paving the way to an ambitious and durable climate change agreement last month in Paris.

Fiji is a central player in regional fora and it has helped lead the way on sustainable economic development, conserving the ocean’s resources, and protecting the environment.

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