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Fiji-Japan Seek To Strengthen Diplomatic Relationship

The meeting was an opportunity for Minister Seruiratu to provide an overview of growing Fiji-Japan relations and express his sincere gratitude to Japan for its tremendous support provided to Fiji.
14 Mar 2019 13:31
Fiji-Japan Seek To Strengthen Diplomatic Relationship
Japanese Ambassador for the Pacific Island Region Toshihisa Takata with Minister for Defence, National Security and Foreign Affairs Inia Seruiratu, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters in Suva.

The diplomatic engagements between Fiji and Japan are envisaged to deepen through stronger collaborations to advance sustainable development aspirations of both nations.

This follows a courtesy call by the Japanese Ambassador for the Pacific Island Region, Toshihisa Takata, to the Minister for Defence, National Security and Foreign Affairs, Inia Seruiratu, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters in Suva.

The meeting was an opportunity for Minister Seruiratu to provide an overview of growing Fiji-Japan relations and express his sincere gratitude to Japan for its tremendous support provided to Fiji.

He said the increased engagements in areas of Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change, Environment, People-to-People exchanges, Sustainable Development, Maritime issues, Fisheries, Trade and Investment reflected the enhanced partnership and friendship between the two countries.

Ambassador Takata reaffirmed Japan’s commitment to broaden partnership with Fiji and other Pacific Island nations. He also thanked Fiji for its strong leadership in championing issues that affect the Pacific as a region and assured Japan’s continued support in Fiji’s endeavours to prioritise issues relative to Sustainable Development Goals.

Fiji and Japan continually engage with other Pacific Island countries through the regional Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM) Framework that brings together Pacific leaders to discuss the development cooperation issues involving Japan and the Pacific.

A significant outcome of the PALM-8 meeting was the launching of the Pacific Islands and Japan Local Government Framework, a mechanism for enhanced engagement between Japan and the Pacific Island Countries [PICs].

Ambassador Takata and Min- ister Seruiratu also exchanged information on strategies to expand opportunities on bilateral relations, socio-economic developments and co-operation in the international arena and global issues.

In light of Japan’s national interests to have stronger relations with neighbouring countries and strengthening of its economic diplomacy, Fiji continues to strategise its engagements with Japan mostly on the bilateral basis, focusing on development cooperation agendas to bring relations to fruition.

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