"As I look around the room I realise that this is the great strength of the Commonwealth – not only its diversity and resilience but its importance as a place of learning."
We gather here today – the nations of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific – in friendship and solidarity. And especially in solidarity with the people of France, who are mourning the 130 people who were killed in the terrorist attacks eleven days ago.
The growing role by the European Commission in Fiji’s socio-economic development dominated talks on Monday between the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and the EC Commissioner for International Co-operation and Development H.E Neven Mimica.
Fiji’s Ambassador to Belgium and France and Permanent Representative to the European Union, Mr Deo Saran was among hundreds of dignitaries who gathered to sign the condolence book opened at the Palace of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development – Protocol, Paris, following terrorists attacks committed in Paris on Friday 13 November 2015.
First of all, I want to again add Fiji’s voice to the rest of the global community in expressing our strong condemnation of the terrorist atrocities in Paris. Our condolences and solidarity are with the French people, and we will stand with them and with people of goodwill everywhere to defeat these forces of evil.