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Embassy Marks Independence Day

  The United States Embassy in Suva yesterday marked their country’s independence day. US Ambassador to Fiji Judith Cefkin said: “This celebration in Suva is testament to the strong and
01 Jul 2016 10:28
Embassy Marks Independence Day
Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni with U.S. Ambassador to Fiji Judith Cefkin during the Cake cutting ceremony yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau

 

The United States Embassy in Suva yesterday marked their country’s independence day.

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

She said it was also in line with the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and an independent Fiji.

“The United States has been amongst Fiji’s principal trading partners.  In fact, kava bars are becoming a hip new trend in the United States,” she said.

Ms Cefkin said they would announce a new programme to support strategic planning and help Pacific island countries access international climate finance late this year.

“Our aim is to tackle these existential challenges; it depends on the strength of our institutions and the values that underpin them,” Ms Cefkin.

Meanwhile, she said the US Navy would be arriving tomorrow with marines and navy engineers to work with the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces on repair works at St John’s College Cawaci that was damaged by Cyclone Winston.

Meanwhile, the visiting Arizona-based Dina Preston Band entertained the crowd during the event.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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