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COP23: Acting Permanent Secretary For Foreign Affairs – Ambassador Karan Meets US Acting Assistant Secretary Susan Thornton

Acting Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs – Ambassador Yogesh Karan recently met with United States Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton. The meeting
28 Sep 2017 10:11
COP23: Acting Permanent Secretary For Foreign Affairs –  Ambassador Karan Meets US Acting Assistant  Secretary Susan Thornton
Acting Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yogesh Karan recently met with Swiss Secretary of State Pascale Baeriswyl. Looking on is Chief Negotiator for the COP23 Presidency Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan (centre)at the UN Headquarters in New York on September 22, 2017. Photo: DEPTFO News

Acting Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs – Ambassador Yogesh Karan recently met with United States Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton.

The meeting was held at the Fiji Mission in New York.

Secretary Thornton expressed her pleasure at the recent first Fiji/United States dialogue session in Washington and expressed United States willingness to further engage with Fiji in areas of trade, climate change and maritime surveillance.

Secretary Thornton who also recently headed the United States delegation to the Pacific Islands Forum in Apia acknowledged the fact that most Pacific Island Countries were having difficultly patrolling their Exclusive Economic Zone and offered United States’s continued support towards patrolling initiatives through the Shiprider Agreement.

Ambassador Karan thanked Secretary Thornton for United States continued support through the United States Embassy in Suva and expressed his positively for enhanced United States/Fiji bilateral relations and acknowledged the importance of enhanced boarder control initiatives in Fiji.

Ambassador Karan also utilised the opportunity to brief Secretary Thornton on the upcoming Fiji Day celebrations that will be held in San Francisco.

The parties also discussed regional issues and expressed willingness to cooperate on issues of mutual concern.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Karan also met with Swiss Secretary of State – Pascale        Baeriswyl.

The meeting was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Ambassador Karan thanked the Swiss government for its recent financial support towards the COP23 Presidency and negotiation team.

The funding was made available directly through United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and United Nations Development Programme.

Secretary Baeriswyl was also updated on the COP23 presidency as well as the Gender dinner at COP23 which will aim to encourage more women to take part in climate change processes.

This will coincide with the launch of the Gender Action Plan at COP 23.

Switzerland, Fiji and UNDP will together host the event.

Ambassador Khan, who was also at the Bilateral, expressed the desire to work with Switzerland through the Platform on Disaster Displacement on a Pacific Policy on disaster and climate migration as Switzerland has a sound and fair migration policy.

Secretary Baeriswyl praised Ambassador Khan in strengthening the Fiji-Swiss Bilateral relations and further expressed her willingness to strengthen engagement with us and other countries in the region.

The bilateral was held on the margins of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly where Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama led the Fijian delegation.

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