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Konrote Meets Abu Dhabi Crown Prince

President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote returns to the country today after paying a courtesy call on the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheik Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan,
07 Nov 2016 11:00
Konrote Meets Abu Dhabi Crown Prince

President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote returns to the country today after paying a courtesy call on the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheik Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is also the Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates armed forces over the weekend.

Both the President and the Crown Prince agreed to strengthen diplomatic and bilateral relations between Fiji and the United Arab Emirates.

The Crown Prince was particularly interested in the business, education, energy and employment sectors.

He assured the President that he will deploy a business delegation to Fiji to explore investment opportunities, with a focus on the tourism industry.

President Konrote paid the courtesy call after he completed his Middle East tour to Fiji’s peacekeeping troops and diplomatic missions and a courtesy call on president Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan.

The Crown Prince asked for more information on the rebuilding programme for schools damaged by Tropical Cyclone Winston. He said the UAE could also consider offering some scholarships to Fijian students to study in the UAE.

The Crown Prince said the UAE was keen to extend assistance towards renewable energy sources. Fiji is already a beneficiary of the UAE Pacific Partnership Fund which is funding solar power projects on Lakeba, Kadavu and Rotuma. These projects are helping Fiji save more than half a million dollars annually on fuel imports.

The Crown Prince said the UAE could also consider more employment opportunities for Fijian citizens. Close to two hundred Fijians now work in the UAE with the majority in the aviation industry as pilots, flight and ground crew. An increasing number work as nurses and teachers.

The President returns to Fiji today after visiting Fiji’s diplomatic missions in Seoul, London, Brussels, Addis Ababa and Abu Dhabi, and the peacekeeping troops in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Israel, Egypt and South Sudan.

The President also met with high-level dignitaries including Her Majesty the Queen of England, the Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium, the President of Iraq, Prime Minister of Lebanon, President of Ethiopia, President of South Sudan and finally the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

He also met with the Fijian communities in all the countries he visited where he updated them on the developments in Fiji.



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