Historic, says envoy
Friday, November 07, 2008
UNITED States Ambassador to Fiji Steven McGann says Wednesday’s US presidential election was truly historic.
Mr McGann said he was honoured to be appointed by President Bush to serve as ambassador to the Republic of the Fiji Islands, the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of Nauru, the Kingdom of Tonga and Tuvalu.
“This is a great day to speak about promoting democracy,” Mr McGann said.
“Let me remind you of some of the lessons that the United States of America has learned as a nation since we first declared our independence in 1776.
“Americans believe deeply in political freedom. Our political system has built a strong, stable and prosperous nation.
“Most importantly, our Constitution demands civilian control over the military and our military enthusiastically pledges to uphold our Constitution without question.”
Mr McGann said the United States would continue to work with Pacific countries to help save coral reefs and protect the marine environment from invasive species.
“I will work with Pacific nations to foster green economies based on environmentally sustainable policies and adopting renewable energies, including solar, wind, wave, to advance out common interests,” Mr McGann said.