6 - 17 November 2017  

     Government of the Republic of Fiji

  Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service


Media Release

Fijian officials off to Moscow for Diplomatic Training


Four officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be traveling to Moscow this weekend to participate in a special diplomatic course offered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

They will be joined by six officials from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, the Fiji Police Force and the Ministry of Defence, National Security and Immigration.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs permanent secretary Amena Yauvoli said this is the first lot of civil servants from Fiji to participate in a course offered by the Russian Federation.

Mr Yauvoli said this was only possible after the successful talks between Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov when they met in Moscow in June this year.

He said to send ten officials together on a course to Moscow reflected the positive relations that Fiji enjoy with Russia.
Mr Yauvoli said the Ministry would always encourage its staff to make the most of study opportunities abroad as it would contribute greatly to capacity development.

Given the outlook of international diplomacy, Mr Yauvoli believed that it was crucial that Foreign Affairs officials were kept abreast of contemporary diplomatic strategies and skills engendering the effective conduct of our foreign policy.

Two of the four officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are currently serving in Fiji Missions overseas.

The officials are going across after an invitation from the Russian Federation to attend a two weeks course on "Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation in a Globalised World".