US deputy Secretary of State commends Fiji

Update: 10:37PM UNITED States of America deputy Secretary of State William Burns has commended Fijis recent general election and the way it was conducted.

Mr Burns highlighted this at a meeting with 14 Pacific islands developing states leaders and representatives in New York this week, a Ministry of Information statement issued today said.

It said he also commended Fijis contribution to the peacekeeping process across the world.

We are pleased to see the positive steps Fiji took last week with its historic election,” Mr Burns said.

Were also especially pleased to see the 45 Fijian peacekeepers taken hostage by al-Nusra released after two weeks in captivity.

“And we commend the Fijian government for its continued commitment to the UN Disengagement Observer Force Mission. Nothing demonstrates better the strength of our resolve.” 

The statement quoted Fijian Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola thanking Mr Burns for the 30 election monitors provided to the Multinational Observer Group.  

Ratu Inoke also acknowledged the US for its assistance towards climate change, capacity building and its recent announcement on assistance on oceans protection and development.

It stated that Palau President Thomas Esang Remengesau, Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Malielegaoi, Cook Islands Premier Henry Puna and other Foreign Ministers from the region.



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