NEW U.S. AMBASSADOR ARRIVES IN FIJI

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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Aug. 23) - The new American ambassador to Fiji, Larry Dinger, said he would work closely with regional governments including Fiji to fight terrorism.

Growing terrorism activities around the world has led to U.S. embassies increasing security around the world.

In response to terrorist attacks on its embassies on the African continent and in the Middle East, the embassy in Suva restricted vehicle access on Loftus Street where the office is located.

Dinger said work had not started on a new embassy complex at Tamavua (about 2 miles from Suva City.

He said he was hoping it would start soon.

Dinger, who succeeded David Lyons as ambassador, presented his credentials to President Ratu Josefa Iloilo today.

He served as chief of staff for three years at the Suva Embassy from 1996.

Dinger’s new portfolio as ambassador will also cover Kiribati Nauru, Tuvalu and Tonga.

August 24, 2005

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