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A traditional welcome ceremony was accorded to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Suva today.
PM Ardern acknowledged the traditional welcoming ceremony accorded to her delegation and thanked the Fijian Government for their kind hospitality.
Speaking after the traditional welcome ceremony, Ardern expressed her gratitude to all Fijians.
“Thank you so much for the warmth of your welcome. We’ve felt Fijian hospitality from the moment we arrived here. It is a true honor to be welcomed here in the traditional way.
You can see the strength of the hospitality of the Fijian people from the moment you get here to the fact that you perceive mats. You provide food in case the travelers are hungry. You provide Kava and water to those who may be thirsty. It speaks to the importance of hospitality and we share the same value as well,” PM Ardern said.
PM Ardern this morning also met Fijian President Major- General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote in a courtesy call at Government House followed by a tree planting and attended a wreath laying ceremony at the National War Memorial.
Today at Fiji’s National War Memorial PM Ardern recognised Fiji’s huge contribution to global peacekeeping and the sacrifices made by Fijian soldiers serving in the cause of international peace and security.
Peacekeeping cooperation is an important part of the strong defense partnership- and friendship- between our two nations..
SOURCE: FBC NEWS/FIJI GOVT/ NZ GOVT/PACNEWS
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