Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has sent a congratulatory message to Kiribati’s President His Excellency Te Berentitenti Anote Tong as the country celebrates her National Day on 12th July.

Kiribati, formerly known as the Gilbert and Ellice Islands, was a British colony that attained independence on 12th July in 1979.

Prime Minister Bainimarama highlighted the relations shared between Fiji and Kiribati over the years, saying that it stands to be further strengthened in the near future.

“The Island Nations of Fiji and Kiribati have mutually enjoyed the warm reciprocity amongst Pacific colleagues,” PM Bainimarama said.

PM Bainimarama added that Fiji and Kiribati, as neighbouring Pacific Small Islands Developing States, have enjoyed cordial and meaningful relations with each other in various aspects of cooperation.

“This too is our mutual surety that the established goodwill and sincerity we have at all levels of our two societies will ensure the resilience of our people in the many years ahead.”