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Media Release

Serbia offers Fiji Scholarship

Bali Indonesia 25 May 2011: Fiji’s Foreign Minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola held bilateral talks today with the Serbian Foreign Minister, H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremic in the margin of the 16th Conference and Commemorative Meeting of the Non- Aligned Movement (NAM) currently underway in Bali, Indonesia. Mr. Jeremic requested an audience with Ratu Inoke to personally convey Serbia’s welcome and congratulatory remarks on Fiji’s admission as full member of NAM; and to further explore opportunities of bilateral cooperation with Fiji.

To commence the bilateral partnership, Mr. Jeremic informed Ratu Inoke that as NAM Member, Fiji is eligible to 5 Serbian University Scholarships a year (first year Serbian language studies and the next four on graduate studies) and hoped that Fiji will take advantage of this offer. Minister Kubuabola conveyed Fiji’s appreciation to his counterpart and welcome Serbia’s kind assistance. “This is a kind gesture and a gracious contribution to human resource development and capacity building in Fiji which no doubt Fiji will take up” Ratu Inoke said.

By joining NAM, Fiji is now part of an organisation comprising of more than two third of the world’s nations and stands to access assistance and cooperation under the  South-South, North South and Trilateral Cooperation arrangements.

Mr. Jeremic finally extended an invitation to Ratu Inoke to attend the Non Aligned Movement Commemorative Conference to be convened in September this year in Belgrade to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of NAM.