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Fiji, Malta Strengthen Co-operation

Fiji and Malta discussed co-operation in the area of renewable energy ventures during a meeting yesterday between the Fijian Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, and his Maltese counterpart Joseph Muscat. The
01 Oct 2015 09:55
Fiji, Malta Strengthen Co-operation
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (left), with his Maltese counterpart Joseph Muscat. Photo: DEPTFO News

Fiji and Malta discussed co-operation in the area of renewable energy ventures during a meeting yesterday between the Fijian Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, and his Maltese counterpart Joseph Muscat.

The two leaders met yesterday at the margins of the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly and discussed a wide range of issues that are intended to benefit the people of both countries.

Mr Muscat said Malta was cognisant of Fiji’s desire to move towards renewable energy production and that Malta would be pleased to examine the possibilities of investing in Fiji’s efforts. It was agreed that the permanent missions of Fiji and Malta at the United Nations would exchange necessary information so that this renewable energy initiative could be discussed in greater detail during Mr Bainimarama’s visit to Malta.

Yesterday’s talks also covered the international community’s approach to the Climate Change Summit in Paris later this year.

Prime Minister Muscat said he had read the Suva Declaration on Climate Change and understood its purpose. He said he was confident that a compromise agreement could be reached in Paris during the Summit. Prime Minister Bainimarama emphasised that tackling the challenges of climate change was the key 20th Century issue for all Pacific island countries.

Mr Bainimarama requested the Maltese prime minister to give his Government’s support to Fiji’s efforts to safeguard the Sustainable Development Goal 14, the Oceans Goal, through the initiative of the Triennial UN Conferences on Oceans and Seas. The Prime Minister also sought Malta’s support for Fiji’s candidate, Ambassador Peter Thomson, for the presidency of the 71st United Nations General Assembly.

The Maltese Prime Minister has also welcomed the Fijian Prime Minister’s confirmation on attending this year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that will be held in Malta.  Deptfo News

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