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Ambassador Presents Credentials To European Council And The King

Bilateral relations have further strengthened between Fiji and the European Union following Ambassador Deo Saran’s credential presentation to Donald Tusk, President of the European Council. In doing so, Government will
21 Jul 2015 09:35
Ambassador Presents Credentials To European Council And The King
Ambassador Deo Saran (right) presented his Letter of Credence to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, King of Netherlands, at the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague, Netherlands. Photo: DEPTFO News

Bilateral relations have further strengthened between Fiji and the European Union following Ambassador Deo Saran’s credential presentation to Donald Tusk, President of the European Council.

In doing so, Government will now work closely with the European External Action Services in strengthening the bilateral ties between the two countries, developing trade and development assistance.

Ambassador Saran highlighted the successful conclusion of the recent Fiji-EU High Level Political Dialogue.

Fiji will work with the EU on the implementation of the various aspects of the joint undertaking. Ambassador Saran also noted the successful convening of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Fiji.

Ambassador Saran stressed that climate change was critical and posed enormous challenges to Fiji.

He expressed his appreciation to the EU for facing up to the moral challenge and taking a lead on climate change.

Ambassador Saran underlined that Fiji had been in the forefront and will be working closely with the EU in the lead up to the Paris Summit.

 

Lessons

Ambassador Saran noted the frequency of natural disasters faced by Fiji had increased in recent years.

Hence, Fiji had to be proactive in addressing the adverse impact of disasters and taking actions for disaster risk management

President Tusk agreed that climate change was one most important planks of the EU co-operation and the EU feels very much alone.

He said there was not sufficient evidence in terms of pragmatic actions being taken by many of the partners.

He stressed that a lot had to be done in the lead up to the Paris Summit and understood the challenges of climate change for Fiji and the Pacific Island states.

President Tusk said that the EU was satisfied with the level of human rights protection in Fiji and stressed that the progress is critical for tourism and investment.

President Tusk assured Ambassador Saran of a healthy EU-Fiji cooperation.

 

Meets King of Netherlands

Ambassador Saran also presented his credentials  Letter of Credence to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, King of Netherlands, at the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague, Netherlands on July 8.

In presenting his credentials Ambassador Saran conveyed the warm and best wishes of The President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, Government and the people of Fiji.

Ambassador Saran also expressed Fiji’s desire to deepening our bilateral ties with the Kingdom of Netherlands.

In accepting the Letter of Credence, King Willem-Alexander reciprocated his warm and best wishes to Ratu Epeli, the Government and the people of Fiji.

King Willem-Alexander also thanked Fiji for its long diplomatic relations with the Kingdom of Netherlands and looked forward to deepening its ties with Fiji in future.

Ambassador Saran was accompanied by First Secretary-Mesake Ledua and Personal Assistant-Naitoko Baleisuva.

 

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