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Fiji PM meets with President of Israel, Discusses areas of bilateral co-operation
9:57 pm GMT+12, 19/02/2020, Fiji

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama met with the President of the State of Israel, Reuven Rivlin in Nadi today.
 
Prime Minister Bainimarama said discussions during the bilateral meeting was focused on empowering future leaders to strengthen the ties that connected our societies and build a partnership that serves our people for generations.
 
Another key discussion point was education.
 
“Fijian students regularly participate in work-study programmes in Israel. Any sustainably-minded Israeli student is welcome to study in Fiji and place themselves on the frontlines of our world-leading pursuit of oceans protection, climate action and cultural preservation,” Prime Minister Bainimarama said.
 
“We also have many talented young Fijians who I know would be keen to study in your country, learn from your advancements in industries like dairy and agriculture, and seek entrepreneurial inspiration in Israel, the “Start-up Nation”.
 
The Prime Minister added that Fiji and our partners in the Pacific believe every nation can and must act as better stewards of the world God has entrusted us with protecting, and we’re counting on Israel to add its voice to that campaign.
 
"Together, let’s put the values of sustainability, inclusiveness and equality into practice, and build new bridges of co-operation which span the vast geography of landmass and oceans separating our nations. Not only for our sake, but for humanity’s sake and for the sake of the planet we share.”
 
“Despite our small size, Fiji and Israel have no qualms about using our voices in big ways to drive global conversations.
 
“Increasingly, we’re uniting our voices on issues we know are critical to our future; climate change, sustainable development, smart agriculture, women and youth empowerment, health, education and other issues that demand our co-operation and commitments from the wider world,” said Bainimarama.
 
Earlier, President Rivlin has been enjoying the hospitality shown to him by the Fijian Government and the Fijian people.
 
Speaking during the traditional welcome ceremony, President Rivlin expressed his appreciation for the warm reception he has received here during his short visit.
 
President Rivlin highlighted that this visit would further deepen ties with Fiji and the Pacific.
 
President Rivlin also thanked the Fijian Government for hosting the Pacific Leader’s summit in Nadi.
 
Prime Minister Bainimarama met the President of Israel along the margins of the Pacific Island Leaders Summit at Pullman Nadi Bay Resort and Spa.
 
The last time Fiji hosted an Israeli President was in 1986.

SOURCE: FIJI GOVT/PACNEWS


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