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US co-operation

Tevita Vuibau
Thursday, November 08, 2012

AMERICAN ambassador Frankie Reed has assured Fiji that co-operation between the two countries will continue no matter who sits in the Oval office.

She made the comments yesterday as Barack Obama was voted into his second term as President of the US.

While news broadcasts had predicted a positive election outcome for Barack Obama before polls closed, Ms Reed said Fiji and America could look forward to cordial relations regardless of the winner.

"Again as I was saying that's CNN that's called the elections but until we have a reporting from out of the polls and remember everyone has to have the chance to cast their vote in that," Ms Reed said.

"Whether President Obama is re-elected or not the continued co-operation that we've had certainly will continue and the very good policies and the work that has been put in place will continue," she said.

Ms Reed said the co-operation extended to areas of health, the environment as well as cultural exchanges in music and fashion.

With the elections extensively covered by news agencies in the US, it would be prudent for local journalists to witness the need for unbiased reporting during elections.

"Well hopefully as we work through the process of the US elections, what you have seen here today on the ability not only to report in an unbiased manner but to encourage voters to come to the polls," she said.

"I would like though to look towards 2014 and beyond because I think much of the work that we have been doing in the past year is more permanent than 2014 and its working on transparency and the role of the judiciary and the role of the press what you all do."


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