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Flags in the air, pits in the ground

Timoci Vula
Sunday, October 14, 2012

FIJI'S Jakarta-based mission celebrated the country's 42nd independence on Wednesday, living up to the theme of this year's celebrations to put up a flag and put down a lovo.

And amid the celebration, counterparts from the two countries — Fiji and Jakarta — encouraged each other to enhance their existing bilateral relations, particularly in areas of education, agriculture and trade, among others.

Ambassador Yuri Thamrin, director general for Asia- Pacific and African Affairs from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Indonesia, who officiated at the celebration expressed his sincere gratitude and appreciation on the cordial relations between the two countries, and extended his best wishes to the government and people of Fiji.

A government statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued yesterday stated Fiji's ambassador to Indonesia Ratu Tui Cavuilati provided an extensive update on the political developments in Fiji.

It stated that this included the electoral reforms, Fiji's roadmap to democracy and other reforms undertaken by the government.

The Fiji Embassy Jakarta organised an informal gathering together with a lovo dinner and meke on Saturday as a build-up program to the Fiji Day celebrations.

Heads of diplomatic missions and staff, business organisations, friends of Fiji and the Fijian community in Indonesia joined staff and family of the Fiji Embassy in the celebration that was held at the Borobudur Hotel.

Other guests included executive employees on various sectors, international teachers, rugby players and friends of Fiji.

The statement also said the main objective of the gathering was to establish a Fiji-Indonesia Friendship Association with the objective of promoting public diplomacy.


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