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Fijians Safe Amid Paris Attacks

France-based rugby player and former Vodafone Fijian 7s member Josaia Wini told the Fiji Sun from Paris last night that Fijian players were safe from the terrorist attacks in Paris.
15 Nov 2015 12:23
Fijians Safe Amid Paris Attacks

France-based rugby player and former Vodafone Fijian 7s member Josaia Wini told the Fiji Sun from Paris last night that Fijian players were safe from the terrorist attacks in Paris.

“We are all safe here in Paris,” he said.

Mr Wini is playing together with Waisea Nayacalevu for the Stade Francais Rugby Club based in Paris.

Other Fijian players in Paris are Avenusi Vasuinubu, the younger brother of Nayacalevu, and Virimi Vakatawa.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, yesterday said he had not received any report of any Fijian being injured in the attacks in Paris yesterday.

He said the Fijian Embassy in Brussels had been liaising with all Fijians in Paris, especially the rugby players and their families and UNESCO to confirm that every Fijian was safe.

“So far no reports to suggest otherwise,” Ratu Inoke said.

He confirmed that Fijian Ambassador to Belgium and Permanent Representative to the European Union, Deo Saran, was also safe in Paris.

He said Amena Yauvoli, Fiji’s Ambassador for Climate Change and Oceans had arrived safely in Beijing after attending the meeting in Paris early last week.

Speaking from Beijing yesterday, Mr Yauvoli said he watched the news of the terror attacks across Paris.

He is attending a preparatory meeting for the 21st annual Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris and had left for Beijing last Wednesday.

Mr Yauvoli said he was really shocked to see the attacks and according to CNN News more than 100 people may have died.

Meanwhile, former Flying Fijians captain and lock forward, Simon Raiwalui who lives in Paris yesterday tweeted – “Beautiful country, beautiful city, beautiful people, tonight my heart is broken for my adopted home.”

 

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama

condemns Paris attacks

“Every Fijian shares my horror at the terrorist attacks in Paris, which have claimed the lives of at least 120 people,” Prime Minister Bainimarama said in a statement last night.

“On behalf of the Fijian Government and Fijian people, I want to express both our deepest condolences and our unwavering solidarity with the people of France.

“The nature of these attacks on innocent people are especially horrifying and our hearts go out to the families of those killed, who are in our prayers and our thoughts at this time.”

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