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Fiji in North Korea for talks

By Maika Bolatiki The Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola yesterday met with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (North Korea) Foreign Minister, Pak Ui Chun
05 Oct 2012 13:46

Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Ratu Inoke Kubuabola with DPRK counterpart, Pak Ui Chun at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang. Photo: MINISTRY OF INFORMATION

By Maika Bolatiki

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola yesterday met with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (North Korea) Foreign Minister, Pak Ui Chun at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang the capital of DPRK.
The visit was held at the invitation by North Korea’s Foreign Minister earlier this year.
Ratu Inoke said the meeting was an important opportunity for both countries to advance their desires towards strengthening their bilateral relations.
“We are privileged to visit North Korea to experience their culture and learn first-hand about progress that has been achieved by the country which Fiji could learn from,” Ratu Inoke said.
During the meeting Ratu  Inoke thanked the Government of North Korea for its valuable support towards Fiji’s successful bid to chair the G77 and China in 2013 and also conveyed the Fijian Government’s intention to work closely with all members of the Group, including North Korea to effectively pursue the goals and aspirations of its members.
Mr Chun in turn expressed his gratitude for Fiji’s acceptance of his invitation and underscored the significance of this first official visit of the Fijian Government to his country.
He added that the visit demonstrated the mutual trust, understanding and the spirit of cooperation that exist between the two countries as independent sovereign States.
Mr. Chun,  in the meeting, agrees in supporting Fiji’s development programmes in line with the spirit and the purpose of the Development Cooperation Agreement the two countries had signed in Tehran, Iran last month.
It was agreed at the meeting that the two countries will cooperate in the fields of sports and agriculture.
“DPRK could assist Fiji in further developing sports such as judo and weightlifting which North Korea is well known for and also learn from the expertise that the DPRK has in agriculture,” Ratu Inoke said.
Both Ministers agreed to enhance their engagement at ministerial and officials level and also through their embassies in countries where they both have representations.




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