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President Brings Fiji’s Condolences At Funeral Of Vanuatu President

President Brings Fiji’s Condolences At Funeral Of Vanuatu President
Vanuatu’s late President Womtelo Reverend Baldwin Lonsdale. Photo: SBS TV
June 22
10:05 2017

President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote is currently in Vanuatu representing Fiji at the State funeral for Vanuatu’s late President Womtelo Reverend Baldwin Lonsdale.

President Lonsdale passed away on Saturday and the State funeral was conducted yesterday.

President Konrote’s condolence message was as follows:

“I wish to express on behalf of the Fijian Government and all Fijians, as well as my own, our profound and sincere condolences and sympathies on the passing away of the President of the Republic of Vanuatu, His Excellency the late Womtelo Reverend Baldwin Lonsdale.

“We were all shocked and equally saddened to learn of his passing. His Excellency the President Reverend Lonsdale had built a strong and admirable reputation as a man of high principles and integrity, who was willing to take a stand for what he believed to be right and proper, for the greater good of his country.

“His death will be a huge loss to the Republic of Vanuatu, as indeed to the Pacific, and we are all the poorer with his passing.

“Our deepest sympathies go to his family and to all our Wantok in Vanuatu.

“With the deep bond of friendship as members of Melanesia and the wider Pacific community, Fiji and all Fijians today join Vanuatu in mourning the passing of a paragon of virtue.”

Fiji’s High Commissioner to Vanuatu, Commodore Esala Teleni is accompanying the President. Chief Justice Anthony Gates is acting as President until today.

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