Mara presents credentials to Obama
Fiji’s Ambassador to the US Solo Mara with US President Barrack Obama [Photo: Fijian Government]
US President Barrack Obama says Fiji and the United States share a long history of friendship.
While responding to Fiji’s Ambassador to the US Solo Mara who presented his credentials, Obama says for someone who grew up in Hawaii, he has a special attachment to Pacific Island countries.
Obama says the warm hospitality and enthusiasm of the people of Fiji mean a great deal to him and to the United States.
He also extended his congratulatory message to the people of Fiji for having conducted successful free elections in September 2014 and for the many steps it has taken since then to roll out a truly democratic process through parliamentary debates and economic development.
Obama further acknowledged that “Fiji, despite its status as a small island country in the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, stands out as a global and regional leader”.
The US President says that Fiji contributes significantly to peacekeeping operations and also played an important role in paving the way to an ambitious and durable climate change agreement last month in Paris.
In welcoming Ambassador Mara to Washington, President Obama gave the assurance that the U.S. looks forward to working closely with the Fijian Government.
Source : Fiji Connect Lounge. January 31, 2016.