Fiji and NZ PM schedule bilateral talk

Update: 12:38PM PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will hold bilateral meeting with his Kiwi counterpart John Key in Wellington tomorrow.

�I want to say in advance of that meeting that I deeply appreciated Mr Key�s gesture in coming to Suva back in June, where we had our first encounter and were able to give the Prime Minister a warm Fijian welcome,� Mr Bainimarama said.

He said he was gratified to be able to convey to Mr Key, face to face, the absolute gratitude of the Fijian people for New Zealand�s assistance in the wake of Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston back in February.

He said New Zealand was an important market for Fiji.

�Two way trade in goods and services on average is worth almost FJ$700 million a year. And in terms of our tourism industry and Fiji�s biggest revenue earner, New Zealand is our second largest source market.�

More than 120,000 Kiwis visit Fiji annually.

Mr Bainimarama is in New Zealand for his first State visit.

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