Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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13th December 2012: Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola attended the 1st Foreign Ministerial Meeting between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Pacific Island States in Rabat. Other member countries that participated in this historical meeting included Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Heads of Delegation of Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Palau and Kiribati.
In his opening address to the Delegation of the Pacific Island States, H.E. Dr Saad Dine EL OTMANI, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, of the Kingdom of Morocco acknowledged the long standing diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Pacific States. In this regard, H.E. Dr OTMANI reaffirmed the commitment of the Kingdom of Morocco in establishing deeper engagements with the Pacific under the ambit of the South South Cooperation. He also expressed his gratitude to the Pacific for enabling the Kingdom of Morocco to secure the bid for its non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council and remains confident of the extended support of the Pacific on the Moroccan Sahara debate.
The Government of Morocco stands to further engage with the Pacific Island States on a bilateral, regional and multilateral level. On this note, H.E. OTMANI has announced that the Kingdom of Morocco will be providing a total of 10 scholarships per country on an yearly basis in the field of vocational and academic training to honor its ongoing commitment.
He further declared that the Kingdom of Morocco is looking forward to having discussions with the Pacific States in the discipline of fisheries, agriculture, mining, environment, tourism, investment and water supply.
In response, Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola informed H.E. Dr OTMANI on the progress made to date by the Government of Fiji. In addition, Minister Kubuabola informed the meeting of the constitutional assembly in January and the finalization of Fiji’s new constitution by April, 2013. He proudly informed H.E Dr OTMANI, that the new constitution of Fiji “is one that is premised on the concept of one person, one vote” as a result removing all racial impediments that were encountered in previous constitutions. Minister Kubuabola stated that “Fiji is ready to further engage with the Kingdom of Morocco under the umbrella of the South South Cooperation and Fiji’s Look North Policy”
H.E. Dr OTMANI informed the delegation of Fiji and the other Pacific States that the Kingdom of Morocco provides its unwavering support to the Government of Fiji on its initiatives and is at the disposal of the Government of Fiji to share its technical expertise in the constitutional process and the 2014 elections.
The Pacific Island States have extended an invitation to H.E. Dr OTMANI and other Ministers of the Kingdom of Morocco to the region. Both parties together have released a Joint Statement on this meeting and have agreed to convene meetings of such nature in future.
(Photo caption: Minister Kubuabola with Kingdom of Morocco Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, HE Dr Saad Dine El Otmani.)
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