PRIME Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, in his capacity as the chairman of the G77, has held discussions with the president of the Non Aligned Movement, Hassan Rouhani, on challenges the two groups face.
An Information Ministry statement issued on Tuesday said the leaders discussed how they could fully play their part in global peace, security and social and economic situations.
Mr Rouhani stressed that solutions were needed for the instability being experienced in the Middle East, including Syria, and expressed his hope that groups like the Non Aligned Movement would be able to bring to bear some influence on lasting peaceful solutions, while recognising the large and diverse nature of such groups.
The statement said Mr Rouhani wished Commodore Bainimarama the best for his tenure as G77 chair, and assured him of Iran's support in this regard.
Commodore Bainimarama said Fiji's commitment to assisting peace and security in the Middle East came from its long participation in UN peacekeeping missions, most recently through the deployment of 500 personnel to the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights.
Mr Rouhani assured Iran's support to Fiji's peacekeepers as part of these UN missions, and expressed the hope that in each of the countries where Fiji served in the Middle East, lasting peaceful solutions could be obtained because it had been many years since these places had to rely on UN peacekeeping for stability.
The leaders also discussed bilateral relations.