6 - 17 November 2017  

     Government of the Republic of Fiji

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Media Release

Fiji holds bilateral meeting with Azerbaijan


Fiji’s Minister of Defence, Joketani Cokanasiga, met today with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, Mr Elmar Mammadyarov, in the margins of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
The meeting provided an opportunity for Fiji to thank Azerbaijan for the financial support given towards Fiji’s UN Guard Unit (UNGU) in Iraq in May 2011. The Government of Azerbaijan donated US$25,000 to the Government of Fiji to cover the cost of R&R facilities for Fiji’s UNGU personnel. The Ministers gave lengthy consideration to the possibility of further Azerbaijan funding assistance to UNGU.
Minister Cokanasiga was able to formally advise the Azerbaijan Minister that the Government of Fiji had decided to support the candidature of Azerbaijan for the Eastern European seat in the UN Security Council to be contested on 13 October in the UN General Assembly.

Minister Cokanasiga was accompanied to the meeting by Ambassador Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations, and Ms Namita Khatri of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

(Caption:Left to right: Ambassador Thomson, Minister Cokanasiga, Minister Mammadyarov, Ambassador Mehdiyev.)