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Diplomatic Ties Grows

The long diplomatic relation between Fiji and the United States of America (USA) which dates back to 1971 has grown over the years. These were the remarks of the Commissioner
13 Jun 2015 16:46
Diplomatic Ties Grows
Traditional i-sevusevu being presented to the US visiting medical team at Daku Resort in Savusavu on Thursday night. Photo: Maraia Vula

The long diplomatic relation between Fiji and the United States of America (USA) which dates back to 1971 has grown over the years.

These were the remarks of the Commissioner Northern, Jovesa Vocea in his welcome speech during a dinner hosted for the medical team from the USNS Mercy which is visiting Fiji.

The dinner was attended by members of the team and heads of government departments in the North and business stakeholders.

“Since then (1971), the two countries have shared multiethnic heritage, a common outlook on Pacific Islands and alignment with United Nations,” Mr Vocea said.

“We have a lot in common. Fiji and US belong to the same international organisations including United Nations, International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, Asia Development Bank (ADB) and the World Trade Organisation.

“The collaboration of our two countries has allowed the Pacific Partnership 2015 programme in Fiji that now has materialised as we can witness this evening.

“We are now witnessing the largest annual humanitarian and civic assistance mission in the Asia Pacific region since 2006,” he said.

He saluted the U.S for the assistance rendered to the Fijian people in the form of humanitarian and civic actions programme.

“This is to improve critical infrastructure and support host nations programmes to produce health, education and common services to our people here in Fiji, in particular in the Northern Division.

“We welcome you and render our full support and we will ensure that the objective of your visit is fully achieved and materialised.”

US Navy captain Brian Delamont said: “Fiji has a great reputation the entire crew of the USNS Mercy was very happy to come here both for the medical and culture interaction.

“The reason we choose Fiji first is because it has an excellent medical system and it makes it much easier with the welcoming culture for doctors to learn how to engage with the local communities,” he said.

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

 

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