Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
13th September 2011, Suva: The Deputy Secretary (Political & Treaties) Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation Mr Sila Balawa today received the Special Envoy of the President of Hungary Ambassador Gyorgy Habsburg and the Director General, Asia-Pacific Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Hungary, Mr Szabolcs Takacs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation HQ, Nasova.
The Hungarian delegation was in Fiji to enhance bilateral relations between the two countries and to provide information on the Hungarian candidature to the United Nations Security Council in 2012-2013.
In receiving the Delegation Mr Balawa noted the friendly relations Fiji and Hungary share and the opportunity to further develop this relation. Fiji and Hungary established diplomatic relations on 12th August 1976 where in a joint communiqué issued by both Governments they stated that, “ the Governments of the Hungarian Peoples Republic and the Government of Fiji anxious to develop the friendly relations of their countries and to promote their cooperation for their mutual benefit in accordance with the principles laid down in the Charter of the United Nations, have decided to establish diplomatic relations at non-resident Ambassadorial level.” The Hungarian Ambassador to Australia is also accredited to Fiji.
Mr Balawa and Ambassador Habsburg discussed areas of mutual cooperation and especially in the field of health. Ambassador Habsburg highlighted the advances that have taken place in Hungary in combating non-communicable diseases and how they have shared this experience with other countries and at the United Nations.
The Hungarian delegation departs Fiji tomorrow 14th September 2011.
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