Courtesy visit: Karan congratulates new high commissioner

Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister and Acting Permanent Secretary Foreign Affairs, Yogesh Karan (middle) received a courtesy call from the Indian High Commissioner to Fiji Palaniswamy Subramanyan Karthigeyan (right). Picture: FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTRY

The Indian High Commissioner to Fiji, Palaniswamy Subramanyan Karthigeyan, paid a courtesy visit to Ministry of Foreign Affairs acting permanent secretary Yogesh Karan this week.

Mr Karan reaffirmed Fiji’s commitment to advance partnerships with India, by seeking further opportunities with India through strengthened levels of co-operation based on the national priorities.

He congratulated High Commissioner Mr Karthigeyan on his new diplomatic posting and wished him well in his tenure in Fiji.

Mr Karthigeyan said he looked forward to working closely with the Fijian Government and all other stakeholders to help realise the full potential of this important collaboration for the mutual benefit of the people of both countries.

He said they were privileged to contribute to the socio-economic development of Fiji as a major development partner.

He elaborated that in the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic India had provided critical medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) to Fiji amid major disruption to supply chains around the world.

“It is heartening to note that the Indian-made vaccines played a major role in the timely roll-out of the national vaccination program. India will continue to stand with and support Fiji in all its national efforts to emerge stronger and more resilient from this difficult situation,” he said.

Earlier in March 2021, as part of the “Vaccine Maitri” initiative, India had also sent 100,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to the people of Fiji.

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