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US foreign relations remain solid

Lice Movono
Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Update: 5:12PM AMERICAN relations with the Pacific will remain solid and survive any possible fall out stemming from the change in leadership.

Outgoing US Ambassador Judith Cefkin who left the country on the week end is optimistic despite changes to US foreign policy. 

"I think the underlying relations and partnerships are very solid and long standing. I think all our relations obviously go through shifts over time and there are times when we may agree on certain things and disagree on other things and those things can sort of shifts over time," Ms Cefkin said.

"But I think the underlying ties and commitments remain very very strong."

The career diplomat who had earlier served as a journalist said she was pleased with work that her leadership had done in terms of maintaining and building American relations with the Pacific and with Fiji.

She said the US Embassy in Fiji had attached much value to building person to person ties.

Meanwhile she the White House had confirmed its nomination of Joseph Cella to be the next Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu.

Mr Cella, is a political appointee, the first one in 17 years of career diplomats posted to head the US presence in Fiji.

Mr Cella who is 48 years old is from Richmond in Michigan.


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