Fiji’s Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama will attend Solomon Islands main Independence anniversary celebrations today at Honiara’s Lawson Tama Stadium.
They include a military parade in which both Solomon’s security personnel and visiting Fijian troops will take part. as chief guest for the celebrations to mark the 35th anniversary of the country’s Independence.
The Prime Minister briefed Governor-General, Sir Frank Kabui on progress towards the elections in Fiji next year and they discussed other areas of mutual interest, including developments in the Melanesian Spearhead Group.
Sir Frank told the Prime Minister that Solomon Islands was grateful for the assistance of Fijians living in the Solomon’s, who continued to contribute to the economic and social growth of the country.
“We have a very big Fijian community here in Honiara and we are happy with the contributions they have made to our country over many decades”, he said.
The Prime Minister then proceeded with a program that included a meeting with his Solomon’s counterpart, Gordon Darcy Lilo. After that, he laid a wreath at the memorial to Fijian troops who lost their lives in the Solomons campaign against the Japanese advance in World War Two. 50 Fijian soldiers died in the Solomons Campaign during World War Two. He was accompanied by two Fijian veterans of the campaign who are part of the official delegation.
-info from minfo