President Thanks Countries ‘That Stood By Fiji’

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Ratu Epeli: Everyone should work to be great democratic nations

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Dec. 25, 2014) – Fijian President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau in his Christmas message thanked the countries that stood by Fiji in the past eight years.

Ratu Epeli acknowledged that with their assistance the country has redefined the foundations of nationhood and returned to democracy for its people via the 2014 General Election.

He challenged the nation further to work towards elevating Fiji to be among the greatest democratic nations in the world, "a nation that promotes true equality and justice, and the highest level of respect and dignity towards all her people, without exception."

This, he says is possible if everyone continues to embrace a culture of appreciation, respect and tolerance, and devote every effort to making Fiji a truly democratic, peaceful and prosperous country.

"Fiji is not just our country. It is home to us all. We are one people, and one nation," Ratu Epeli said.

He urged everyone to love unconditionally in the true spirit of Christmas giving whether for the elderly or the less fortunate including those in hospitals and in prisons.

Doing so he says will also influence the younger generation to emulate these acts of kindness which will go a long way towards strengthening the unity everyone wants for Fiji.

"We all share a genuine desire to help each other and create a new Fiji for current and future generations." He also took the time to reflect on the achievements made as a nation including but not limited to the return to democracy, Fiji's leadership positions in the international community including the G77 Plus China, and the release without harm of the country's peacekeepers in Syria.

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