The Pacific Island leaders have joined the global leaders in congratulating our new Prime Minister for Fiji and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Honourable Sitiveni Rabuka.

In a congratulatory letter, the Prime Minister of Samoa, Fiamè Naomi Mata’afa, on behalf of the Government and the people of Samoa, extended her warmest congratulations to Prime Minister Rabuka for being elected as Fiji’s new Prime Minister.

“Your election as leader of the multi-party coalition demonstrates the confidence and trust of your people in your deep-rooted leadership,” said Prime Minister Mata’afa.

“I look forward to working closely with you to further enhance and strengthen the friendship, cooperation and partnership between our two countries as well as advancing regionalism in our Blue Pacific continent through the 2050 Strategy.”

Tongan Prime Minister, Hu’akavameiliku, on behalf of the Government of Tonga and the people of Tonga, congratulated Prime Minister Rabuka with the reaffirmation of Tonga’s commitment to strengthen the strong and warm relations between the two nations and that of the Pacific family.

In a congratulatory message by the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Secretariat Director General, Leonard Louma commended Prime Minister Rabuka for his strong leadership and commitment to the development of Fiji and the Pacific region.

“Your successful election to lead the country again is a testimony of the high regard with which the people of Fiji attach to your leadership. Moreover, it does signify in an emphatic way a desire by the Fiji people for change which you so eloquently championed during your campaign.”

“Like other countries, in the region, Fiji continues to encounter its own share of challenges as a nation. The onset of COVID-19 and its attendant ramifications have exacerbated the challenges. I am confident that under your leadership, Fiji will build on the successes so far and will be able to address these challenges effectively.”

Director MSG elaborated that the MSG is proud to acknowledge the Prime Minister’s critical role in strengthening the sub-regional organisation.

“It was during your tenure as Prime Minister that you took the bold move to recognise Fiji as a Melanesian Country and officially joined the Melanesian Spearhead Group as the fifth Member in 1996. MSG, with Fiji’s active participation, has since grown from strength to strength- both politically and economically.”

He reasserted the MSG’s commitment to work closely with Prime Minister Rabuka and his Government in advancing the interests and welfare of our Pacific family.

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, congratulated and extended his best wishes to Prime Minister Rabuka and the people of Fiji.

“Your experience and wealth of knowledge in the role will no doubt take Fiji to new heights. As your close neighbour, I stand ready to work with you on all issues of mutual concerns to further enhance bilateral, subregional, regional and multilateral relations.”

“I take this opportunity to thank your Government and people for the presence of the Fiji Military Force in Honiara under the Solomon Islands Assistance Force.”

Prime Minister Sogavare said his Government stands ready to work with Prime Minister Rabuka and the Government of Fiji in advancing the common aspirations of our Pacific family.

These congratulatory messages are one of the many conveyed by prominent global and regional leaders from all over the world, who have congratulated Prime Minister Rabuka, with the overwhelming support of solidarity and appreciation for the unwavering commitment of the new Government of Fiji to “Rebuild Fiji Together by Unleashing Fiji’s Potential.”