Report – By Maikelu Seru of the Fiji Sun
The United States of America has assured Fijians of its support towards the 2014 general elections.
US Ambassador to Fiji Frankie Reed, made the comments during the 237th US Independence Day celebrations held at the embassy complex in Suva yesterday, the Fiji Sun reports.
“As Fijians continue on this important quest to build a new future, know that the United States stands with you. Our democracy has depended on those who were willing to stand up and to voice their concerns even in the face of overwhelming odds,” Reed said.
“Know that we stand with the people of Fiji; know that our commitments to the wonderful people of Fiji has never wavered. The United States, as a country with the long and storied history with Fiji, looks forward to continued work with the Government of Fiji.”
The celebration was hosted by the US Embassy at their headquarters at Tamavua, just north of the capital Suva.
It was also attended by President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and the First Lady Adi Koila Nailatikau, government ministers, some permanent secretaries, members of the diplomatic corps, and invited guests.
The Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Amena Yauvoli, flew in from Nadi to deliver a speech on behalf of his Minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.
“Fiji is grateful to the US for its support towards our current reform and preparations towards the 2014 elections, and we look forward towards its continued support in this regard,” Mr Yauvoli said.
“Fiji deeply respects its friendship with your country and since 1971 we have witnessed the diverse range of areas of co-operation between our two countries.
“I also acknowledge with gratitude the recent US initiatives to address climate change which is worth $21million.
“We look forward to your continued assistance in transnational issues like human trafficking and support towards our students for further studies abroad.”
Independence Day is celebrated by Americans worldwide today – July 4.