US En­voy re­sponds to visa is­sue

Fiji Sun - - NATION - ILAIJIA RAVUWAI

The United States of America Am­bas­sador to Fiji, Joseph J Cella, is per­son­ally look­ing into a sit­u­a­tion where a Fi­jian stu­dent study­ing in Hawaii has a pass­port and visa that has ex­pired.

Dur­ing a ta­lanoa ses­sion on Wed­nes­day stu­dents, ex-schol­ars and mem­bers of the Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints at the LDS Col­lege, the is­sue was brought to the at­ten­tion of the US Am­bas­sador.

One of the par­tic­i­pants, Sain­imere Tabu, told the Am­bas­sador that her sis­ter was the stu­dent study­ing in Hawaii.

Mr Cella told Sain­imere to get her sis­ter to per­son­ally email him and that he would di­rect her email to the right per­son at the US Em­bassy.

Sain­imere told Mr Cella that her sis­ter was to re­turn soon, but was fac­ing her pass­port dilemma in Hawaii.

Mr Cella re­it­er­ated to those present about the im­por­tance of peo­ple-topeo­ple diplo­macy in which he loved vis­it­ing places around the coun­try. The USA Am­bas­sador was at the LDS Col­lege to do­nate li­brary books to the school. Other ques­tions that were raised dur­ing the ta­lanoa ses­sion in­cluded: How the world was re­act­ing to the ef­fects of the global pan­demic? Mr Cella said that there was a good chance that a vac­cine may be in place and was show­ing good signs that it would work.

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