Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
28th September 2012, Suva: His Excellency the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau this afternoon received the Credentials from the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka High Commissioner to Fiji, His Excellency Admiral Thisara Sugeeshwara Gunasekara Samarasinghe.
The President Ratu Epeli thanked Sri Lanka for its support towards Fiji especially under the current political climate. Shri Lanka has continued to provide a steady stream of human capital largely in the fields of law with numerous judicial officers taking up senior positions in Fiji’s judicial system; and in the field of finance. The Chairman of the Fiji National Provident Fund is Mr Ajith Kodagoda who is also Sri Lanka’s Honorary Consul to Fiji.
High Commissioner Admiral Samarasinghe conveyed the President of Sri Lanka’s well wishes. He acknowledged Fiji’s efforts towards a more stable, united and prosperous country. He said the two key issues he noticed about Fiji include the cleanliness and safety, adding that he had not seen a single policeman or military in uniform in the streets since arriving into the country. This was contrary to what the international media had portrayed about Fiji.
Both the President and the High Commissioner commended each other for successes achieved in the sports with Fiji doing relatively well in Seven-a-side Rugby whilst Sri Lanka has been successful in cricket. The President Ratu Epeli and High Commissioner Admiral Samarasinghe both agreed to continue to strengthen relations between the two countries.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs P. O. Box 2220 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji