Fiji and Russian Foreign Ministers Meet in New York
Fiji’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola met today with the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Sergei Lavrov. The meeting took place in the context of the Russia-PSIDS (Pacific Small Island Developing States) Ministerial Meeting held at the United Nations.
The meeting was a follow-up to the Russia-PSIDS Ministerial Meeting held in Nadi in January, 2012. Ministers Lavrov and Kubuabola expressed satisfaction at the progress of the various bilateral issues tabled between Fiji and Russia at the Nadi meeting.
Heads of Government, Foreign Ministers and Ambassadors of the PSIDS were present to discuss development issues with Minister Lavrov and the Russian Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Vitaly Churkin. The PSIDS present included Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
The Ministers acknowledged the desire of the Russian Federation and the Pacific Small Island Developing States to promote and strengthen their bonds of friendship and cooperation. Discussions covered sustainable development, climate change, security, scholarships, communications and bilateral visa arrangements.
The Ministerial Meeting agreed to meet annually in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly during the September General Debate. A communiqué was issued at the conclusion of the meeting (see attached.)
Foreign Ministers Kubuabola and Lavrov at the United Nations, New York