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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.

PM Bainimarama Is Chief Guest at Solomon Islands Independence Celebrations

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has been invited by his Solomon Islands counterpart Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo to be the chief guest at their 35th Independence Day celebrations in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

This was confirmed by the Solomon Islands Prime Minister saying that Fiji’s head of Government was the best person to be chief guest at the celebrations.

“Fiji is the only country invited because we share very strong and special relations with Fiji which dates back to ancient time,” Mr Lilo said.

“Fiji has assisted Solomon Islands during the World War II, and the rebuilding of our home, and also provided the much needed support during our trying times.”

PM Bainimarama will be traveling to Honiara on July 6 upon his return from his state visit to Russia.

“Fiji will be the only guest during the celebrations in the first week of the month while other guests who have been invited will be celebrating the Independence Day on July 24,” Mr Lilo said.

Fiji’s non-resident High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, His Excellency Romanu Tikotikoca has also been invited.

“High Commissioner Tikotikoca will also be present because he led the first ever Fijian Police contingent to Solomon Islands in 2003,” Mr Lilo added.

Mr Tikotikoca said the invitation of the Fijian PM was a testimony of the positive and strong relations between Fiji and Solomon Islands.

“It’s more than just a bilateral relation. Fijians have assisted towards the development of Solomon Islands in a very positive way,” Mr Tikotikoca said.

“Fiji has been a training ground for most of their church leaders, our soldiers were in Solomon Islands during the Second World War, after the war most Fijians assisted in the rebuilding of the nation then came the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) and on top of that the Solomon Islands national anthem was composed by a Fijian.”

“There is also a number of Solomon Islanders living in Fiji ­ many of them were born in Fiji and call it home,” Mr Tikotikoca added.