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India To Offer Range Of Assistance Including Military Co-operation

  India has come forward and offered assistance to Fiji in areas of training, scholarships, medical services, military co-operation and technical assistance. It is understood that India has also offered
18 Feb 2016 09:30
India To Offer Range Of Assistance Including Military Co-operation
The Indian Minister for Civil Aviation, Shri P Ashok Gajapathi Raju and the Attorney-General and Minister for Civil Aviation Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in India. Photo: DEPTFO News

 

India has come forward and offered assistance to Fiji in areas of training, scholarships, medical services, military co-operation and technical assistance.

It is understood that India has also offered to assist in Fiji’s new navy base.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum met with Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on Tuesday.

During the meeting, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum shared with the Indian minister on Fiji’s recent economic development and legal changes.

They discussed specific areas of co-operation and opportunities such as training, scholarships, medical services, military co-operation and technical assistance.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also acknowledged and thanked the Indian Government for its friendship and its continued support and assistance to Fiji.

Previously, 55 slots had been offered to Fiji for short-term training of Navy officers; and defence for short-term and long-term training programmes.

India plays an important role in the globe and has been a global force to reckon with.

Fiji’s friendship with India has stood the test of time and with their increasing assistance, especially in areas of defence, has once again showed the importance India gives to Fiji.

 

MOU On Air Services Agreement

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum in his capacity as the Minister for Civil Aviation also met with his Indian counterpart Shri P Ashok Gajapathi Raju.

Discussions were held regarding the signed memorandum of understanding between Fiji and India which would form the basis of the new Air Services Agreement between the two countries.

They also discussed the need to explore new avenues to further strengthen India’s engagement not only with Fiji but with the Pacific region.

The A-G informed the minister that from April, there would be direct flight routes from Fiji to Singapore.

The shorter travel time together with visa on arrivals for Indians present an opportunity for more trade and investment for both countries and also for the region, through Fiji.

The A-G thanked the Indian government for its assistance towards Fiji’s progress over the years.

“It is evident that Fiji has very close ties with India and this has been strengthened by the visit of the Indian Prime Minister to Fiji in 2014.

“We welcome and value India’s intention to reinforce the relationship between our two countries and for India to play a greater role in the region,” the A-G said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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