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Media Release

President Shimon Peres receives Ambassador Mara in Jerusalem

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12th July 2012: The President of Israel, His Excellency Mr Shimon Peres thanked Fiji for its continuing support for Israel and conveyed that his country considered Fiji as a special friend in the Pacific. This message was conveyed to Fiji’s Ambassador to Israel, H.E Mr Solo Mara at a meeting at the President’s House in Jerusalem on Wednesday 11 June.

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President Peres also conveyed his country’s best wishes for the constitutional reform process currently being undertaken in Fiji after being briefed by Ambassador Mara, who was in Israel to present his letter of credence formalising his appointment as Fiji’s Ambassador to Israel. Ambassador Mara highlighted in his brief that Fiji is currently embarking on a new development path focussed on improving the well-being of all the people of Fiji. These social equality programs are being pursued in the current political and socio-economic reforms that will result in a new constitution in 2013 that promotes social & racial equality, political inclusiveness and provides for equal economic opportunities for all Fijians.

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In receiving Ambassador Mara, President Peres conveyed that Israel stands ready to assist Fiji in the areas of its development needs and agreed with Ambassador Mara that cooperation between the two countries can be further realised through the cooperation of relevant government agencies in the areas of agriculture, health and renewable energy.
Ambassador Mara also met with senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, whilst in Jerusalem to discuss areas of cooperation between Fiji and Israel.

(Photo caption 1:President Peres receiving Ambassador Solo Mara’s Credentials; caption 2: President Peres in a bilateral meeting with Ambassador Mara; caption 3: Ambassador Mara arriving at the Presidential Residence in Jerusalem for a meeting with President Peres.)