TONGAN QUEEN VISITING FIJI FOR PRESIDENT MARA'S 80TH BIRTHDAY

NUKU‘ALOFA, Tonga (May 5, 2000 – Radio Australia)---Tonga's Queen Halaevalu Mata'aho is leading a high-level delegation to Fiji this weekend to attend the 80th birthday celebrations of President Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara.

Ratu Mara's official birthday celebrations will run for two weeks, starting on Saturday at Government House in Suva, the official residence of the President.

The Queen is expected to return to Nuku'alofa on May 17th.

Tongan Students at the University of the South Pacific in Suva are preparing a number of cultural activities for the birthday celebrations.

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