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US Marks Independence Day

The United States embassy in Suva yesterday marked its Independece Day. The days is usually marked on July 4, but is being celebrated a month earlier in Suva. US Ambassador
05 Jun 2015 09:07
US Marks Independence Day
Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with US Ambassador Judith Beth Cefkin during the Independence Day celebration at the Embassy yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

The United States embassy in Suva yesterday marked its Independece Day.

The days is usually marked on July 4, but is being celebrated a month earlier in Suva.

US Ambassador to Fiji – Judith Cefkin – said: “This celebration is a testament to the strong and growing friendship that the United States enjoys with Fiji and other partners in the South Pacific.

“For Americans, Independence Day is a time for barbecues with hot dogs, hamburgers and fireworks but, it’s also time for us to reflect on the principles on which our country is founded, namely: equality, “the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” and the understanding that ‘government derives its powers from the consent of the governed.

“We know that the people of the South Pacific share respect for these democratic values and I would like to take a moment to again congratulate the government and people of Fiji on their recent elections and commitment to strengthening democratic institutions,” Ms Cefkin said.

The United States was deeply committed to our Pacific partnerships, she said.

“We commend Fiji and other Pacific Island countries for the vital role they play in promoting regional and global peace and security, including through important contributions to global peacekeeping operations and in providing humanitarian assistance in the face of natural disasters.

The acting chief of protocol in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Jiko Rasoqosoqo – said; “It is important to acknowledge the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between Fiji and the bilateral relations and worked closely in various areas of co-operation.

“We look forward to continue to work together in areas that will mutually benefit out two countries and our people.”

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum was a guest.

Feedback:  shahani.mala@fijisun.com.fj

 



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