Fiji & U.S. Reach Deal On Embassy Re-Opening, First Embassy To Re-Open Since 1970

The U.S. and Fiji have reached a deal which will see the Fijian government re-open its embassy in Washington to U.S. citizens in December, formally after it gained independence from Britain in 1970. The…

Fiji & U.S. Reach Deal On Embassy Re-Opening, First Embassy To Re-Open Since 1970

The U.S. and Fiji have reached a deal which will see the Fijian government re-open its embassy in Washington to U.S. citizens in December, formally after it gained independence from Britain in 1970.

The first embassy opened on August 27, 1970, two years after Fiji’s independence.

Fiji gained independence from Great Britain on May 2, 1970, following the 60th year of its civil war.

With the re-opening of its embassy, the Government of Fiji said it will be able to better serve the interests of the U.S. within the US Visa Waiver Program.

“The U.S. and Fiji have been close partners since Fiji’s independence in 1970,” said Rajesh Bagchi, the U.S. Ambassador to Fiji.

“I’m pleased that the Fijian government, with the support of the people, has indicated its willingness to open its consulate for our citizens, providing more services to people who visit Fiji.”

Fiji will become the fifth country in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program in December, with the move set to take effect on December 1.

It will join 10 other countries, including Australia, South Korea, Singapore, New Zealand, Korea, the United Kingdom, Canada, Thailand, Switzerland and Malaysia.

This is the latest significant development in what has been a growing relationship between the two nations since the 2010 vice presidential election in Fiji, which led to an election in 2014 and military intervention by New Zealand and Australia in 2013.

Between January and June, the U.S. State Department increased its year-on-year aid to Fiji by $4.2 million.

According to the 2017 Commonwealth of Dominions Visitor’s Survey, nearly 80 percent of American travelers to Fiji have reported a positive experience.

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