INDIA WANTS PARTNERSHIPS WITH PACIFIC NATIONS

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (August 15, 2002 – Radio Australia)---The Indian government has applied to the Pacific Islands Forum to become a Post-Forum Dialogue Partner.

India believes that a special partnership with the Pacific Island countries will have a great impact on negotiations with international organizations.

India's High Commissioner to Fiji, Ishwar Singh Johan, says he hopes to get a reply from the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Suva before the Pacific leaders begin their summit meeting on Friday.

Mr. Johan says India, together with the Pacific countries, can convince organizations such as the World Trade Organization to offer special concessions.

"If we share as development countries some concerns together and we voice them together I think the chances of obtaining some concessions for the benefit of our countries increase," he said.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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