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Visa waiver deal between countries

Nanise Loanakadavu
Monday, January 21, 2013

FIJI has offered Timor Leste the consideration of a Reciprocal Waiver of Visa for Visitors between the two countries under possible Reciprocal Visa Waiver Agreement.

This means visitors from Timor Leste can enter the country without the need of a visa and the same for Fijians who wished to visit them.

A meeting between the Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola and his counterpart Doctor Jose Luis Guterres, Senior Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste, saw an invitation to Timor Leste to join the Fiji Volunteer Scheme which will aid Timor Leste in meeting its labour demands and technical capacities.

A government statement said those were areas of interest where Ratu Inoke believed both countries could benefit significantly.

Dr Guterres welcomed the offers made by Fiji and further suggested sector specific technical assistance.

"Timor Leste wishes to learn from the experience of Fiji in sectors such as tourism, development of own airlines and fisheries," Dr Guterres said in the government statement.

Ratu Inoke also offered Timor Leste to consider a Development Co-operation Agreement with Fiji, similar to those which Fiji has with other developing partners such as Indonesia.

The Development Co-operation Agreement is an overarching agreement constituting an array of areas of co-operation, which Timor Leste could capitalise on including the areas of interest mentioned.

The statement said Ratu Inoke thanked his counterpart for his continued participation in the Engagement with the Pacific Meeting and encouraged its ongoing involvement under the predecessor the Pacific Island Development Forum.

The Pacific Island Development Forum, he said was a unit which would be, in the interim, based at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation.





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