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Media Release

Fiji and Russia celebrates 40th anniversary of diplomatic relation

PRESS RELEASE

July 31, 2014

Fiji and Russia celebrates 40th anniversary of diplomatic relation

SUVA- Russia and Fiji's diplomatic relation can be escalated to greater heights.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Amena Yauvoli when speaking at the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the two countries' diplomatic relation in Suva last night said that there was a lot the two countries could offer to each other.

Forged 40 years ago, Mr Yauvoli said the two countries' relation did not fully take shape until the past seven to eight years.

"While we have not fully explored the trade and investment opportunities between our two countries, I am confident that the deepening relationship that we now enjoy shall pave the way for our respective private sectors to explore this potential," he said.

Mr Yauvoli said there were some unique and niche products that Fiji could offer to the Russians.

He also invited them to come and make the most of the investment opportunities and market for their products.

Though small, Fiji is a modern nation state with generous government incentives, a vibrant banking sector that is linked to the international banking system, a learned workforce and excellent transport links by sea and air.

The Fijian Government also hope to maximize on Russian's foreign policy of building an official friendship program with countries and regions of the world.

Mr Yauvoli said that they banked on the rich culture the two countries have to be a building block in enhancing their relationship.

"Cultural exchanges between our two countries will enrich our understanding of each other," he said.

The introduction of the Russian language classes at the Fiji National University in Suva is a testament to that interest of bridging the two cultures.

Mr Yauvoli invited the Russians to come and make the most of Fiji's vibrant tourism industry.

"I would like to extend an invitation to as many Russians as possible to visit Fiji and experience the unique attractions that our country has to offer," he said.

The reception hosted by Russia's Non Resident Ambassador Vladimir Morozov was attended by Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Retd) Voreqe Bainimarama, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, Fiji's Non Resident Ambassador to Russia Ambassador Isikeli Mataitoga and members of the diplomatic corp.

A similar celebration was held in Moscow last month hosted by Ratu Inoke following his meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

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