U.S. TO BUILD $30 MILLION EMBASSY IN FIJI

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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, June 9) – The new United States Embassy will inject more than $30 million into Fiji’s economy.

At the ground breaking ceremony for the new complex today, the United States Ambassador to Fiji Larry Dinger said they have chosen Tamavua area for their new US embassy because of the convenient location.

In a statement, the embassy said over 500 workers will be employed at the project site.

The statement said the 4.3 hectare compound will be a state-of-the-art facility set in a lush garden with both American and local design elements.

Dinger said the new embassy is a fitting symbol America’s commitment to a permanent presence in Fiji though there are strains with the interim regime.

He said the relationship with the interim regime is very strained.

"We made very clear before December that we thought a coup would be very bad for Fiji and we explained why and we explained what the consequences would be," he said.

Dinger said they believe in democracy and they are very anxious for Fiji to find its way back.

"We are very anxious for Fiji to find a way back into a truly democratic arrangement that will be a benefit to everybody," he said.

Suva Lord Mayor Ratu Peni Volavola was the chief guest at the ceremony.

He said the US inter-relationship with this country continues to be fostered through the various AIDS programs and other initiatives and both countries have enjoyed.

"The ground breaking at this site is no doubt testimony to the US government’s commitment and service to Fiji and her people, and we in reciprocity will continue to earnestly nurture our relationship with your government with goodwill," said Ratu Peni.

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