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Media Release

Foreign Secretary Mataikabara Receives Georgian Foreign Minister

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4th October 2011, Suva: This morning the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Georgia  H.E. Mr. Grigol Vashadze paid a courtesy call on the Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Mrs. Saipora Mataikabara at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs HQ in Suva.

The Permanent Secretary welcomed the Minister and his delegation and thanked them for the opportunity to develop bilateral relations between Fiji and Georgia. She noted the existing cordial relation between the two countries and expressed the hope that the visit will lead to a strengthening of relationships.

In response, Minister Vashadze expressed appreciation also for the state of relations between the two countries and informed that his President has authorized him to make the following offer of development assistance to Fiji.

Firstly, Georgia was pleased to make available immediately to Fiji six scholarships in Medicine and / or Languages. Scholarships are available from September next year (2012). Fiji is to advise Georgia on specific areas of Medical Training that are required. The Georgian Ministry of Education will provide the entry requirements to Fiji.

Secondly, Georgia is willing to make available to Fiji access to its various Trade Agreements that provides preferential access for Georgian goods to 16 countries in Europe. Georgia is willing to re-export to these 16 countries Fiji exports to Georgia.

Minister Vashadze also said that Georgia would like to see a Fiji Trade Representative located in Georgia.

The two sides then discussed Pacific Regional Relationships and the Fiji side was able to explain progress under our Roadmap for Democracy and Sustainable Socio-economic Development 2009-2014.

Minister Vashadze returns home to Georgia tomorrow Wednesday 05.10.11.