Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
4th October, 2012: The Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola today met with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (North Korea) Foreign Minister, Pak Ui Chun at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang the capital of DPRK.
The visit was held at the invitation by North Korea’s Foreign Minister earlier this year.
Mr Kubuabola said the meeting was an important opportunity for both countries to advance their desires towards strengthening their bilateral relations.
“We are privileged to visit North Korea to experience their culture and learn first-hand about progress that has been achieved by the country which Fiji could learn from,” Mr Kubuabola said.
During the meeting, Mr Kubuabola thanked the Government of North Korea for its valuable support towards Fiji’s successful bid to chair the G77 and China in 2013 and also conveyed the Fijian Government’s intention to work closely with all members of the Group, including North Korea to effectively pursue the goals and aspirations of its members.
Mr Chun in turn expressed his gratitude for Mr. Kubuabola’s acceptance of his invitation and underscored the significance of this first official visit of the Fijian Government to his country. He added that the visit demonstrated the mutual trust, understanding and the spirit of cooperation that exist between the two countries as independent sovereign States.
Mr Chun in the meeting agreed in supporting Fiji’s development programs in line with the spirit and the purpose of the Development Cooperation Agreement the two countries had signed in Tehran, Iran last month.
It was agreed at the meeting that the two countries will begin cooperation in the fields of Sports and Agriculture.
“DPRK could assist Fiji in further developing sports such as judo and weightlifting which North Korea is well known for and also learn from the expertise that the DPRK has in agriculture,” Mr Kubuabola said.
Both Ministers agreed to enhance their engagement at Ministerial and officials level and also through their Embassies in countries where they both have representations.
(Caption: Minister for Foreign Affairs and International cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola with DPRK counterpart, Pak Ui Chun at the Mansudae Assembly Hallin Pyongyang.)
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