Fiji and France officials hold bilateral meetings in Paris
December 11, 2015 7:10 pm
A Fijian government ministerial delegation held high level talks this week with French senators to discuss strengthening bilateral relations between Fiji and France.
Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola along with Agriculture Minister Inia Seruiratu and Minister for Fisheries and Forests, Osea Naiqamu visited the French Senate where they met with the Senators at the margins of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP) currently being held in Paris, France.
They discussed areas of mutual interest including sports, aviation, agriculture and fisheries as well as briefing each other of their regional architecture and current political developments.
Kubuabola expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to meet the Senators and advised the French politicians that Fiji as a vulnerable Small Island Developing State, it looked forward to the French Presidency for its leadership at the COP negotiation process.
He also gave the French Senators a brief account of the developments taking place in Fiji as well as it’s regional and international obligations.
During the talks Kubuabola also commended Fiji’s sporting relations with France including the presence of 200 Fijian rugby players in various rugby clubs in France.
Kubuabola concluded the meeting by formally inviting the Senators to visit Fiji to further strengthen and deepen bilateral relations.
They all expressed willingness to maintain and advance dialogue between the two countries.