Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
June 14, 2013: The Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola had an official dinner meeting with the Kingdom of Morocco’s foreign affairs minister, Dr. El Otamani in Sydney last night.
The meeting discussed means through which both countries can further enhance their bilateral relations.
Minister Kubuabola thanked Dr Otamani for the 13 Fiji students studying in various universities under the Moroccan government scholarships.
Recalling the first meeting between Morocco and the Pacific States in December last year, Ratu Inoke has requested for a follow-up on the offer of 10 additional scholarships to Fiji.
Furthermore, the Minister has also requested Morocco to consider having annual meetings with Pacific states to discuss other areas of cooperation including that in agriculture, fisheries, mining, environment, tourism and investment.
Ratu Inoke has reaffirmed the Fijian government’s support in working with the Kingdom in areas of common interest at the United Nations and other international forums.
He has also extended his personal invitation to Dr Otamani to attend the Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF) Meeting in August.
In response, Dr Otamani has expressed his gratitude to the Government of Fiji for its continuous engagement with Morocco and for the invitation to the PIDF meeting.
Dr Otamani welcomed the idea of an annual meeting between Pacific states and Morocco and agreed for it to be held in Fiji.
The dates for the annual meeting is yet to be finalised.
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