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2015 a successful year for Fiji/UK relations

December 27, 2015 7:30 pm

Fiji’s outgoing High Commissioner to the United Kingdom says 2015 has been a busy and a successful year that involved many political engagements.

Solo Mara says these engagements have allowed the UK to get a better understanding of what’s going on in Fiji.

Having taken up the post of Fiji’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom four years ago, Mara is leaving satisfied that Fiji’s relations with the UK is normalizing again.

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He says the most crucial event this year was our return to the Commonwealth since our suspension following the military takeover in 2006.

The Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting allowed Fiji to make its voice heard and be recognized.

“Our positions from climate change, radicalization and other important issues like the importance of Fiji and other small island states having market access in order to create employment at home and raising people out of poverty.”

Mara adds that another highlight was Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s visit to the UK where he met his counterpart David Cameron.

The two leaders discussed ways of raising the engagement and how the UK can respond positively to the development interest and aspirations of small island countries like Fiji.

The growing Fijian community in the UK has also been praised for being one of the backbone of the Fiji High Commission in London.

Mara now takes over as Fiji’s Ambassador to the United States – one of the world’s leading economic power-houses and an influential political capital.

Mara’s accreditation also includes Canada and Mexico.

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