Fiji Extends Well Wishes for India’s Independence Day Celebrations

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has sent Fiji’s well wishes to the people of India who celebrated their 67th Independence Day anniversary this week.

In a note to his Indian counterpart, Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister Bainimarama said he was confident that the true spirit of friendship and cooperation that “provides the unbreakable bond between the two nations and its people will be further strengthened in the years ahead”.

“The strong framework of democracy set by your founding fathers, the people of India have built a nation that is strong and proud,” PM Bainimarama said.

“Fiji attributes great value to the bi-lateral relations that exists between the two nations and is appreciative of the many forms of assistance that we have received from the Government of India and the goodwill that your country has shown toward us,” the head of Fijian Government added.

PM Bainimarama said the people of Fiji sent their best wishes for the continued well being and happiness of the Indian people the world over.

India gained independence in 1947 from Great Britain after a long struggle for freedom.

Fiji and India established diplomatic ties right after Fiji gained independence in 1970 and the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) is famously known to have been established in Fiji before it was opened anywhere else in the world.

It is through the ICC that 25 Fijian students are annually chosen to study in India through an Indian Government scholarship besides other technical assistance from the Asian nation.