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French Senators Honoured By President Konrote

  Visiting French senators felt privileged yesterday as President Major General (Ret’d), Jioji Konrote praised the French Government for their efforts in assisting with our nation’s recovery after of Tropical
13 Sep 2016 10:26
French Senators  Honoured By  President Konrote
From left:Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, French Ambassador to Fiji Michel Djokovic, French senator Catherine Procaccia at parliament yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

 

Visiting French senators felt privileged yesterday as President Major General (Ret’d), Jioji Konrote praised the French Government for their efforts in assisting with our nation’s recovery after of Tropical Cyclone Winston hit in February.

French Senator, Catherine Procaccia said they were flattered when the President mentioned and thanked France for what they did in Fiji after the cyclone left many people homeless.

“It’s not been reported much in the French media about our presence here in the Pacific but to have the President thanking us for our work in Fiji is indeed an honour,” she said.

While officially opening the new Parliament year, President Konrote said: “We are privileged to have a group of French Senators with us here today, who are specifically tasked with building friendships in the Pacific.

“So I especially ask you – Honourable Senators – to convey our thanks to the French people for their response to the needs of our people in the form of a surveillance aircraft, a naval patrol vessel and relief supplies, we are all grateful to France for its generosity and kindness.”

Senator Procaccia had led a delegation of Senators from France to hold talks on climate change and other related issues with our Government.

“The aim of this visit is also to strengthen Parliament, we’ve already welcome Fijian Ministers last year during COP 21. We are here to observe the impact of Parliament change and how the Fijian Government will react to the population that are in danger,” Senator Procaccia said.

Some local issues on air link between Wallis and Futuna and Fiji with Fiji Airways, the communication cable between Wallis and other Pacific Islands are expected to be discussed.

Senator Procaccia said they want to strengthen the relationship between Fiji and New Caledonia, especially in the agriculture sector.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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