US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with members of Fijian civil society during his visit over the weekend.
Spokesperson Ned Price has tweeted they hope to see Fiji continue to strengthen its democratic norms, including when it comes to free and fair elections and a free press.
.@SecBlinken and his team met with members of Fijian civil society today. We hope to see Fiji continue to strengthen its democratic norms, including when it comes to free and fair elections and a free press.— Ned Price (@StateDeptSpox) February 12, 2022
This is the first visit by a US Secretary of State to Fiji since 1985.
Those that were part of the CSO Roundtable are Paula Vivili who is the Deputy Director-General Science and Capability for the Pacific Community, President of the Fiji Law Society Wylie Clarke, Entrepreneur and Facilitator for Academy of Women Entrepreneurs Sharyne Fong, Alisi Rabukawaqa who is the Marine Spatial Planning Project Liaison Officer for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Co-Founder of Apitonga Taholo Kami and Executive Director of the Fiji Council of Social Services Vani Catanasiga.
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