US President Barack Obama sent a congratulatory note yesterday to the people of Fiji in recognition of the nation's 43 years of independence.
"On behalf of the American people, I offer my warmest congratulations to the people of the Republic of Fiji as you commemorate the 43rd anniversary of your nation's independence on October 10," President Obama said in the message sent to the US Embassy in Suva.
He said the US had much appreciation for the people of Fiji, adding he hopes to continue to strengthen ties with Fiji in the near future.
"It is my fervent hope that relations between our countries will continue to strengthen in coming years and that the people of Fiji will be blessed with freedom, peace, and prosperity.
"The people of the United States deeply value our friendship with the Fijian people and our shared commitment to peace, security, democratic ideals, and the rule of law."
President Obama also wished the country every success as it steered towards democratic elections in September next year.
"On this festive occasion, we wish you much success in your continued efforts to restore democratic government in Fiji."