For someone who has just lost two loved ones, Aaron Deo put on a brave face as he led the funeral ritual in Vatuwaqa today for his dad, Francis and sister Samantha who died from drowning after they were swept away by strong currents at an Irish crossing in Nadi on Sunday night.
Fiji will once again play host to the Melanesian Spearhead Group meet and the 'Engaging With The Pacific' meeting in Nadi this week.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is finalising the final details for both meetings which will see the participation of Heads of Governments and Heads of States from around the region.
The third Engaging with the Pacific (EWTP) Meeting is also being organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which will take place in Nadi. Issues of regional interest including climate change and the volunteers’ worker scheme have been widely discussed at previous meetings.
Over 20 representatives including Presidents, Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers, and Senior Diplomats etc. have confirmed their participation. The theme for this year’s EWTP which will be chaired by Prime Minister Bainimarama is, “Strengthening Partnerships amongst Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS).”
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will chair the Leaders Summit at the MSG as well as the Engaging with the Pacific Meeting. Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola will separately chair the MSG’s
Special Foreign Ministers meet while his Permanent Secretary, Saipora Mataikabara will chair the MSG’s Senior Officials meet.
Leaders confirmed at the event include the President of the Marshall Islands, the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, and the Prime Minister of Tuvalu. Other delegates include Tonga’s Minister for Lands, French Polynesia’s Senator Richard Tuheiava and the FLNKS Leader, Victor Tutuguro. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also received confirmation from the governments of Vanuatu, PNG, Kiribati and Nauru on their attendance.
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