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First visit to country by Russian official for development talks

By Losalini Rasoqosoqo SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Sun, Jan. 10, 2012) – The Russian government is keen to have bilateral agreement with Fiji and is sending a representative over next month.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Ratu Inoke Kubuabola said planning was underway for the visit of the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov.

He is scheduled to visit Fiji on February 1 and 2, the first such high level visit to Fiji by a Russian Minister.

Yesterday, Russia’s Ambassador to Fiji (based in Canberra Australia) Vladimir N Morozov called on Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama and Ratu Inoke to discuss the upcoming high level visit.

The visit follows the meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 22 last year between Mr Lavrov and Pacific leaders and foreign ministers including Minister for Defense Joketani Cokanasiga.

The outcome of that meeting saw Russia expressing its interest in co-operating with the Pacific Small Island Developing States in areas of investment, minerals, energy, tourism, education and medicine.

"We will continue to build on the discussions we had in New York last year on tackling the major global and regional challenges and further deepening our diplomatic relationship. We will work together for our mutual benefit," Ratu Inoke said after his meeting in Suva yesterday with Ambassador Morozov.


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