PAKISTAN TO STRENGTHEN DIPLOMATIC TIES WITH FIJI

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (February 12, 2002 – Radio Australia)---Pakistan is the latest foreign power to give its support to the elected government in Fiji, promising to strengthen diplomatic ties with Suva.

Radio Australia correspondent Ofa Kaukimoce reports.

"Pakistan's Canberra-based High Commissioner to Fiji, Khizar Niazi, has promised that his country will assist Fiji train its personnel in the fields of medicine, banking, commerce and defense.

"While he admits the vast distance between the two countries does not auger well for trade, Mr. Niazi remains optimistic there are areas in this sector which can be developed. Of specific interest to both countries is the garment industry.

"The Pakistani envoy was in Fiji recently for talks with Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase, who has welcomed Pakistan's commitment to develop Fiji's human resources.

"Mr. Qarase has also reaffirmed Fiji's support for Pakistan in the international arena.

"Fiji established diplomatic relations with Pakistan in 1971.

"Ofa Kaukimoce, Radio Australia News, Suva."

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