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Ratu Inoke stops over for lunch

Mary Rauto
Friday, October 05, 2012

MINISTER for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola thanked China for its valuable support towards Fiji's successful bid to chair the G77.

Ratu Inoke, who transited through Beijing on his way to North Korea, was hosted by the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs for the Peoples Republic of China Cui Tiankai earlier this week.

The lunch, a statement said, provided an opportunity to discuss bilateral issues concerning the two countries.

Ratu Inoke also expressed Fiji's desire to work together with China in 2013 under its chairmanship to ensure that the goals and aspirations of the G77 were effectively achieved.

"We appreciate China's position on South-South co-operation and its decision to provide funding to Fiji through bilateral mechanism and not through the Pacific Islands Forum's Cairns Compact," Ratu Inoke said.

"This funding option is more effective and really addresses the real needs of the people."

Mr Tiankai said relations between the two countries over the years had grown from strength to strength.

He said this was indicative of the strong desire by the two governments to work together and further advance issues of mutual interests to the two countries with full respect for equality, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

He also reiterated China's support towards Fiji's roadmap and the reform agenda of the Fijian government.


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