Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
April 22, 2013: His Excellency Mr. Robin Nair presented his credentials as Fiji’s first Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the State of Qatar to the Crown Prince of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani on 22 April 2013.
In his statement, Ambassador Nair conveyed the greetings from the President of the Republic of Fiji His Excellency Ratu Epeli Nailatikau to the President and Government of the State of Qatar, adding that Fiji’s presence in the region, and in particular Qatar, was most important to furthering its diplomatic relations and advancing its bilateral relations with the State.
Ambassador Nair acknowledged the strength of the Qatari economy. He noted, in particular, the success its airline industry and the prospect of employment opportunities for Fijian nationals in the progressive economy of the Gulf State.
In welcoming Ambassador Nair, Sheikh Tamim recalled the visit of their Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Khalid Bin Mohammad Al Attiyah to Fiji recently to explore the furthering of bilateral relations and opportunities between the two countries.
He further mentioned that Qatar was ready to assist Fiji in any possible sectors and sought the Embassy’s efforts to work with the Qatari Foreign Ministry to identify possible needs.
He said that he looked forward to the expected visit of the Fijian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation soon and this should include discussions on areas of assistance needed by Fiji and to further explore areas of collaboration and cooperation, including in areas of mutual interest in the building global peace and stability.
The ceremony this morning was preceded by the playing of the national anthems of both countries by the Qatari Military Band, and an inspection of Military Guard of Honour by Ambassador Nair.
He was accompanied by First Secretary Emosi Rakai to Qatar.
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