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Ratu Inoke, McCully Discuss Key’s Visit

Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola yesterday met with his counterpart from New Zealand, Murray McCully, and the European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica in
06 Jun 2016 09:25
Ratu Inoke, McCully Discuss Key’s Visit
New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and our Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola Photo: DEPTFO News

Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola yesterday met with his counterpart from New Zealand, Murray McCully, and the European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica in Nadi.

In his meeting with Mr McCully, the pair finalised arrangements for New Zealand Prime Minister John Key’s visit to Fiji this week.

Ratu Inoke he said both sides were happy with preparations to-date and they would be meeting again during the margins of the official visit to further discuss bilateral and multi-lateral relations.

He thanked Mr McCully for the deployment of New Zealand’s assets and personnel shortly after Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Mr McCully said that he was happy to see good progress with Fiji’s bid for presidency for the upcoming United Nations General Assembly and would continue to rally support for Fiji.

Fiji has nominated UN Ambassador Peter Thomson for the presidency to be elected in place of incumbent Mogens Lykketoft of Denmark and his term runs from September 2015 to September 2016.

In his meeting with the UN commissioner, Ratu Inoke thanked Mr Mimica for the additional support of ten million euros ($24,122) post Tropical Cyclone Winston that was finalised recently in Port Moresby during the margins of the ACP meet. Commissioner Mimica said that he was happy to assist with such a budget support contribution.

He commended the efforts that Fiji had been undertaking with its rehabilitation work post Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Ratu Inoke also thanked Commissioner Mimica for the financial support of finance emergency action for countries affected by El-Nino.

In response to this Commissioner Mimica said that the EU was very much focused on assisting countries in strengthening their resilience towards the effects of climate change.

Ratu Inoke also used this opportunity to brief Commissioner Mimica of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) and saw opportunities in which the EU could partner with the PIDF to leverage support for South-South development cooperation in the Pacific region.

He hoped for the EU’s participation at the upcoming PIDF meeting in Honiara.

Commissioner Mimica said that the EU was supportive of the PIDF and commended the work that the PIDF had done to date. He also acknowledged the Suva Declaration and the influence that it had during last year’s 21st Conference of Parties meet in Paris.

 

Feedback:  maikab@fijisun.com.fj

 

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