Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
Statement delivered to His Excellency Sir Iakoba Taeia Italeli, GCMG, Governor General of Tuvalu, by Her Excellency Litia Gasagasa Mawi, Non-Resident High Commissioner of the Republic Of Fiji on the occasion of her presentation of credentials on 16th March 2012
I have the honor and privilege to present to Your Excellency the warmest personal greetings of His Excellency Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, President of the Republic of Fiji, with sincere best wishes for your good health, Excellency, and for the prosperity of the people of Tuvalu.
In conveying such greetings, I also have the honor and privilege to present to Your Excellency the letters of credence by which His Excellency the President has accredited me as the Non-Resident High Commissioner of the Republic of Fiji to the nation of Tuvalu.
Fiji and Tuvalu have enjoyed an affectionate relationship since entering into diplomatic relations. The existence of the Tuvalu High Commission in Suva is testimony of Tuvalu’s commitment to continually enhance and enrich these relations in the political, economic, social and cultural contexts through closer collaboration between our private sectors, our civil societies and our communities in nurturing “a resilient Pacific community through self-reliance at all levels”.
As far as small island states are concerned, Fiji believes that the time of unprecedented global challenges, which do not differentiate between the rich and the poor, the big and the small, the vulnerable and the secure, is a time where we need to stand even closer by each other. Fiji appreciates this motivation for closer relations and intends to capitalize on the opportunities that are available through regional and international organizations that harness the global advocacy of matters that are in the best interests of our people.
I stand ready to work with your representative in Fiji, His Excellency Aunese Simati, to explore ways and means, of exploring newer modes of development cooperation that will provide our people with opportunities to productively engage and share solutions to the increasing challenges that are facing them in a fast-changing world.
It is now my privilege to present to you my letters of credence. Vinaka Saka Vakalevu.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs P. O. Box 2220 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji