The British High Commissioner to #Fiji, His Excellency Christopher George Edgar hosted an event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Fiji’s Independence.
Among attendees were Fijian Head of State, His Excellency the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konusi Konrote, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport Hon. Faiyaz Koya, Speaker of the House of Representatives Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and members of the diplomatic corps and civil society.
In addressing the guests, Mr Edger acknowledged and commended the various celebrations he had witnessed for the occasion, organised by the #FijianGovernment.
“This evening is intended as part of our contribution to the celebration, we call it the celebration of all of the civil society,” he said.
“We will not forget the splendid and dignified parade at Albert Park last Saturday, the restraint pageantry of the President’s reception and the beating of the retreat, the investiture ceremonies for Fijians being honoured for their services for the nation, the launch of the commemorative banknotes and coin and beyond the ceremonial descents a nation celebrating together and looking forward with optimism and common purpose to whatever the future may hold.”
The Commissioner apologised on behalf of the Prince of Wales for his absence ~ “I am sorry that because of the COVID-19 pandemic which has affected us all in so many ways, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales was not able to be here for last weekend’s anniversary events, I know he had wanted to be,” he added.
Mr Edgar also expressed gratitude for our commitment to the British Armed Forces and praised our contribution to United Nations Peacekeeping.