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Media Release

High Commissioner Mara Presents Credentials to the Queen

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Friday, 10th February, 2012, London, United Kingdom: Fiji’s Representative to the United Kingdon High Commissioner Solo Mara today presented his credentials to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

Mr Mara also took the opportunity to brief Her Majesty on the political and socio-economic structural reform programmes currently being implemented in Fiji. He further added that the purpose of these reforms is to “Build a Better Fiji For All” its citizens by promoting the principles of:

 Ø a just and fair society;

 Ø unity and national identity; 

Ø merit-based appointments and equal opportunity for all Fijians;

Ø transparent and accountable government; 

Ø uplifting of the disadvantaged in all communities. 

She was also informed that the implementation of this reform agenda is guided by Fiji's Roadmap to Democracy and will culminate in a non-racial and all inclusive Constitution by September 2013 and General Election by September 2014. 

Her Majesty was pleased to be informed that Fiji still values its Commonwealth heritage and that the current socio-political reform agenda being implemented under the Roadmap will realise a sustainable democratic model that is reflective of the development aspirations of all the people of Fiji. 

Her Majesty responded by saying that she wished the country well in the path of political development it has chosen and hope that Fiji will resume its position amongst the Commonwealth family of nations soon. 

A reception hosted at the Chancery to mark the occasion was attended by about 150 people comprising senior officials of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, company executives with interest in Fiji and members of the Fiji Diaspora Community.

Mr Mara was previously the Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation.

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