The US Embassy in Suva tonight hosted a special celebration to mark the Independence Day of the United States of America.
The event brought together dignitaries, including Fiji’s President His Excellency Ratu Wiliame Maivalili Katonivere, Prime Minister Honorable Sitiveni Rabuka, senior government officials, and members of the Diplomatic Corps to honor the 247th anniversary of American independence.
The occasion was not only a celebration but also served as a farewell to Tony Greubel, Deputy Chief of Mission, and his wife Izumi Mochizuki, who had dedicated nearly two years of service in Fiji. The theme of “Shared History” underscored the deep and enduring partnership between the United States and Fiji.
During the event, Ambassador Marie C. Damour emphasized the shared commitment to freedom, democracy, and human rights, highlighting the historical cooperation between the two nations during World War II. The Ambassador acknowledged the 80th anniversary of those pivotal battles, reaffirming the significance of ongoing collaboration.
The partnership between the United States and Fiji extends to regional peace, prosperity, and security. Initiatives such as the ship-rider program, which enforces Fijian law within its exclusive economic zone, contribute to combating illegal fishing. Fiji’s deployment of uniformed personnel in UN peacekeeping missions further demonstrates its commitment to global peace and security.
Recognizing climate change as a paramount challenge, the United States has provided over half a billion dollars in support to Pacific Island countries to address its impacts. The announcement of plans to support the Pacific Resilience Facility reflects the commitment to attracting investments in adaptation and resilience.
The celebration also honored the contributions of the US Peace Corps in Fiji, with a long history of community-centered development. The return of Peace Corps volunteers has fostered new collaborations and friendships, reinforcing the enduring partnership.
Looking ahead, the US Department of Commerce plans to lead a business delegation to explore opportunities in various sectors, while the US Pacific Institute for Rising Leaders, in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University, will address key regional priorities and challenges.
The opening of the US Agency for International Development Pacific Islands Mission in Suva further signifies the commitment to shared development goals outlined in the 2050 Blue Pacific Strategy.
Speaking on behalf of the Fiji Government, acting Chief Protocol Officer, Ms. Rosa Dalituicama expressed the country’s confidence in elevating the relationship to new heights, ensuring peace, stability, and sustainable development regionally and globally.
Best wishes were extended to the United States for continued peace and prosperity.
The celebration of Independence Day reinforced the shared history and dynamic present between the United States and Fiji, fostering optimism for their future partnership.