GEORGIA, FIJI EXPLORE IMPROVING ECONOMIC RELATIONS

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Future plans to exchange foreign delegations in progress

By Repeka Nasiko SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Oct. 5, 2011) – After establishing a diplomatic relationship with Fiji in March last year, Georgia is now looking to transform the two countries relationship into an economic beneficial partnership.

In a meeting with Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama earlier today, Georgia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Grigol Vashadze said they discussed ways on how to take the Georgia and Fiji relationship to another advanced stage.

"I think that we have an outstanding political relationship and everybody has stressed the necessity to transform that wonderful political relationship now into mutually beneficial economic relationships," said Vashadze at a press conference after the meeting.

"We talked about aspects of our education, economics, trade, culture and corporation within international organizations."

He revealed Commodore Bainimarama had drafted out a plan on how and when the two countries can exchange foreign delegations.

Vashadze said he also extended an invitation to Commodore Bainimarama to visit Georgia to which he agreed. The [Georgian] delegation leaves today for Australia.

[PIR editor's note: Vashadze arrived earlier this week to discuss bilateral cooperation and development opportunities for Fiji and Georgia. Fiji is the fifth nation in the Asia-Pacific region with which Georgia has established diplomatic ties since 2010. Georgia and Russia have been scrambling for Pacific allies since last year, with Russia providing millions in aid to Nauru after controversially recognizing breakaway territories in Georgia; Tuvalu received US$12,000 in assistance from Georgia.]

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