Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
June 19, 2013: The incoming chair of the Melanesian Spearhead Group has commended its predecessor– Fiji for the hard work done in putting MSG where it belongs.
FLNKS representative and incoming chair for Foreign Ministers Meeting (FMM) Caroline Manchoro said work done by Fiji under Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s leadership is worth praising.
“I must commend Fiji’s leadership of the MSG in the way it has strengthened the solidarity within the region and internationally as well.
I thank Prime Minister Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama for his vision to put the MSG where it is today.” ” Ms Manchoro said. She said issues such as the strengthening of police, knowledge sharing and climate change has only been possible through Fiji’s leadership.
“Fiji has initiated a lot of institutional and regional issues pertaining to MSG countries and has increased the influence of Melanesia in the region,” Ms Manchoro said.
“Without Fiji, I think it would have taken longer to achieve what Melanesia has done.” Ms Manchoro has vowed to continue the good work done by Fiji in the best interest of the MSG.
“We (FLNKS) will continue the efforts, initiatives and projects that have begun and we will try our utmost best to strengthen the results already achieved by Fiji.”
Meanwhile, the MSG countries have given their support to FLNKS for chairing the sub – regional group for the next two years.
Ms Manchoro said FLNKS is grateful for the confidence shown by MSG countries. “The FLNKS is very overwhelmed by the support given to us by other member states of the MSG,” Ms Manchoro said.
“We have been given the assurance that each country will continue to assist and help us during our term as chair of this very important bloc in the region.”
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