Aust envoy highlights common values

AUSTRALIA and Fiji share an enduring friendship, underpinned by strong people-to-people links and significant trade and investment ties.

This was highlighted by Australian high commissioner to Fiji John Feakes during Australia’s National Day celebrations at his residence in Tamavua, Suva on Friday.

“Just like Fijians, Australians are not defined by religion, we are judged by our values and our actions,” Mr Feakes said.

“Australians and Fijians are enriched by the culture and diversity of our community, we regard our people as our greatest assets and our unity in diversity is one of our greatest strengths.

“It has been very fulfilling to witness the bilateral relationship between Fiji and Australia ascends to greater heights with increased engagement and collaboration at all levels.”

In his congratulatory message to his Australian counterpart, Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama acknowledged the country’s recognition of Fiji’s economic potential.

“I wish to extend our warm and sincere congratulations to you and the people of the Commonwealth of Australia on this auspicious occasion, celebration of Australia’s National Day,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“I also acknowledge Australia’s recognition of Fiji’s economic potential and its capacity to serve as a regional hub.

“And I am confident that the level of engagement that our two countries share in the areas of business, tourism, security and humanitarian and disaster response will continue to grow as a result of this renewed commitment.”

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