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US sides with Fiji

Tevita Vuibau
Saturday, July 05, 2014

THE US says it stands by Fiji as the country works on its way to democracy.

American ambassador to Fiji Frankie Reed made the comments during the Independence Day celebrations at the Embassy in Suva on Wednesday.

Ms Reed said the dialogue between the two countries was helped by the understanding of one another's culture and traditions.

"We celebrate today in Fiji the continued strengthening and expansion of the US-Fiji relationship," Ms Reed said.

"Our support for a Fiji that represents the values and incorporates the ideas of all Fijians.

"As the people of Fiji continue on this important quest to build a new future, know that the United States stands with you."

And in a true show of the mentioned cross cultural acceptance, she proceeded to greet the gathered crowd in the iTaukei and Hindi languages.

"Au vaka vinavinaka ki na matanitu o Viti kei na turaga na Peresitedi, na veibisinisi kece e nomuni tokona tiko na porokaramu ni vale ni volavola ni matanitu o Amerika e Viti. (I thank the Fijian Government and the President (Ratu Epeli Nailatikau) as well as the business community for supporting the programs of the American government.)

Ms Reed said she believed political dialogue was strengthened by cultural understanding.

"This is why we organise so many cultural and educational programs around the Pacific and participate in meetings like the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and as observers in the Pacific Island Forum and the Pacific Island Development Forum."

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