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President Rivlin: New Scholarships For Fijians By Israeli Government And Partnership With USP

“I am proud to announce today the establishment of 100 new scholarships every year for agricultural students from the Pacific to train at the Arava College in Israel starting in August 2020,” he said.
21 Feb 2020 11:39
President Rivlin: New Scholarships For Fijians By Israeli Government And Partnership With USP
President of the State of Israel, Reuven Rivlin receives his bowl of grog as the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama looks on at the Pullman Resort Nadi Bay yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Israel will provide scholarships for Fijians and other Pacific Island students and has partnered with the University of the South Pacific to set up an innovation centre.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin revealed this during his address at the the Pacific Islands Leaders’ Summit Meeting –– the first ever to be held with the State of Israel, at Pullman Nadi Resort and Spa yesterday.

“I am proud to announce today the establishment of 100 new scholarships every year for agricultural students from the Pacific to train at the Arava College in Israel starting in August 2020,” he said.

“This will build on the successful pilot with students from Fiji and Vanuatu.

“I am also proud to announce that the State of Israel will open a Centre for Excellence and Innovation for the Pacific Island States, in collaboration with the University of the South Pacific.

“This collaboration will enable us to work together to apply Israeli innovations to address pressing challenges such as food security, climate change, ocean rise and public health.”

President Rivlin thanked Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama for the warm welcome adding the importance of his delegation to come to Fiji.

“Israel and Fiji already co-operate in many fields and there is great potential to deepen our relationship,” President Rivlin said.

“We greatly appreciate Fiji’s contribution to peacekeeping forces in the Middle East. I know that you are very familiar with our region from your time in the military national forces in Sinai.

“Today, Iran and its forces are threatening Israel while spreading terror throughout the region and unfortunately around the world.

“Israel will do all that is necessary to defend its citizens from the Iranian threat and we will work with you international peacekeeping forces to ensure that our borders remain wide.

“In addition to peacekeeping, we are co-operating in many other fields.

“Students from Fiji are studying advanced agricultural and water management in Israel. We were happy to assist Fiji and the Pacific in areas such as disaster relief, medical care and airport security.

“We were also happy to support Fiji’s election into the United Nations Human Rights Council and for the presidency of the United Nations Climate Change Conference. We hope that Fiji will stand along with Israel against the Cross Anti-Israeli Discrimination at the United Nations, especially at the UN Human Rights Council.

“They say at the Human Rights Council that there is connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem. It is almost ignored.

“Everyone who reads the Bible, the Old Testament knows the connection between the Israel and the children of Israel and the City of Jerusalem over the last 3000 years since King David’s (rule).”

More opportunities as relations grow

President Rivlin added: “As our co-operation grows, I hope that we will see an increase in the number of tourists and business people travelling between our two countries.

“We would warmly welcome more tourism pilgrims from Fiji in the Holy land and we would love to send every youth and every citizen of Israel to have the pleasure to be here in Fiji because I have only been here for a few hours and I already realise the wonders of Fiji’s seashore and the wonderful hospitality.”

From left: Federated States of Micronesia Embassy Charge D’Affaires Wilson Waguk, Solomon Islands Minister for Foreign Affairs Jeremiah Manele, Deputy Prime Minister of Tuvalu Minute Alapati Taupo, Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, our Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea James Marape, Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga Vuna Fa’otusia, Minister for Internal Affairs of Vanuatu Andrew Solomon Napuat at the Pullman Nadi Bay Resort and Spa on February 20, 2020. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

From left: Federated States of Micronesia Embassy Charge D’Affaires Wilson Waguk, Solomon Islands Minister for Foreign Affairs Jeremiah Manele, Deputy Prime Minister of Tuvalu Minute Alapati Taupo,
Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, our Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea James Marape, Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga Vuna Fa’otusia, Minister for Internal Affairs of Vanuatu Andrew Solomon Napuat at the Pullman Nadi Bay Resort and Spa on February 20, 2020. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

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