THE Pacific delegates attending the Third Engaging with the Pacific (EWTP) meeting in Denerau this week have pledged full support for Fiji's constitutional process.
After being presented with an update of Fiji's constitutional process by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the Pacific leaders collectively agreed that the country was well on its way to democracy.
Cook Islands Minister for Marine Resources, Tourism and Education Teina Bishop congratulated Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama on the process of how a new constitution was being formed.
"I congratulate Fiji in the way you are formulating your constitution and your process and the underlining principles of your constitution," he said.
"I can see through your process, through your decree and through your constitutional change the passion and the love for your people."
Mr Bishop said he hoped that his Prime Minister, Henry Puna, would consider Fiji's return to the forum.
"I hope that my country who is going to be the chair for the forum next year will consider and with the support of the leaders of the Pacific bring back our eldest brother, Fiji, and not wait until everybody else is ready.
"My personal view is this, Fiji is ready to be part of our family again." Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga said Fiji would always receive the country's support.
While addressing the leaders, Mr Sayed-Kahiyum said Fiji was well ahead of its constitutional process which was set to begin next month. He said the process was in two stages — the first being the drafting the new laws and the second being a Constituent Assembly debating the new constitution before the final draft is handed over to the President.