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Media Release

Fiji to strengthen relations with Kazhakhstan

6/10/2014

Suva- Fiji is looking forward to strengthen its bilateral relations with Kazhakhstan.

Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola when meeting with newly appointed Kazhakhstan Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Askar Mussinov in Suva today had requested Kazhakhstan for scholarships on mining engineering and other potential areas.

With mining explorations underway in Fiji, Ratu Inoke discussed the employment opportunities mining industry would offer in the country.

He said said that mining engineering would be a big career opportunity for the youths of Fiji.

Ratu Inoke said mining engineering was new to Fiji and it would be best if aspiring mine engineers from Fiji receive tertiary education in Kazhakstan.

Ratu Inoke had initially raised this request for scholarship when meeting with his Kazhakhstan counterpart Erlan Idrissov in Astana in 2013.

Ratu Inoke said Fiji values its relations with other countries including Kazhakhstan.

Among other things, they also discussed issues relating to the bilateral and multilateral relations between the two countries.

They also explored some possible areas of cooperation between the two countries which will increase people to people exchanges and enhance their bilateral relations.

Mr Mussinov congratulated Ratu Inoke on being reappointed as the Foreign Affairs Minister and being a Member of Parliament.

Mr Mussinov informed Ratu Inoke of his special mission to Fiji.

He met with His Excellency President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau earlier on.

Ratu Inoke was informed of Kazhakstan's International Expo to be held is 2017.

Mr Mussinov said the Government of Fiji was invited to send a delegation to the 'Future Energy' Expo which was to aimed to attract countries from all over the world to discuss alternative to traditional fossil fuel energy.

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