US, Fiji ties to strengthen, says envoy
4 July, 2019, 9:45 am
FIJI and the US have shared strong diplomatic ties for the past years and this relationship continues to grow, says US Embassy charge d’Affaires Michael Goldman.
Mr Goldman said the relationship was one that had an impressive milestone of the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps in Fiji.
“Peace Corps continues to do excellent work throughout Fiji as it enters its second half-century.And next year, Fiji will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its independence, which will be another occasion for celebration,” Mr Goldman said during the 243rd anniversary celebrations of the independence of the US and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo II lunar landing held at the US ambassador’s residence in Suva last night.
“Not coincidentally, next year will also mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and Fiji. Truly, the United States has been with Fiji from the beginning.”
He said apart from this, they had sent many Fijians abroad on academic and professional exchanges to the US and they looked forward to sending even more.
Mr Goldman said they had signed landmark agreements with the Fijian Government.
“Our new Shiprider agreement enables Fiji military and law enforcement personnel to ride on US Coast Guard and naval vessels.
Together, we hold joint patrols to enforce Fiji’s rights in its exclusive economic zone.”