Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama hosted an official dinner for the United Nations Secretary-General His Excellency António Guterres at the Grand Pacific Hotel this evening.

The event was attended by cabinet ministers, members of parliament and members of the diplomatic corp.

Speaking at the event, PM Bainimarama thanked the United Nations Secretary-General H.E António Guterres for his high praise of Fiji and efforts to make this country a place of inclusiveness, equality, diversity and tolerance.

“I thank him for his recognition of our outsized leadership within the United Nations, including our presidency of the UN General Assembly, our presidency of COP23, our co-chairmanship of the first Oceans Conference, our representation on the UN Human Rights Council, and our outsized role in the UN’s global peacekeeping missions in some of the most violence-inflicted pockets of the globe.”

H.E Guterres expressed his gratitude for the wonderful hospitality he received during his visit to Fiji and for the very warm welcome.

“This visit is essentially a visit of solidarity towards Pacific Island States and gratitude towards the Republic of the Fiji.” Solidarity for Pacific Island states that are on the frontline of the dramatic impacts of climate change.”

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