MEDIA RELEASE: FIJI AND RUSSIA REVIEW BILATERAL RELATIONS

UNITED NATIONS—September 27, 2014—Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reviewed the bilateral relations between Fiji and Russia during a meeting at the United Nations today.

Both sides expressed satisfaction with the steady progress being made in the relationship between the two nations.

The upcoming attendance of eight Fijian diplomats and military officers at the Russian Service Institute in Moscow formed a key part of the discussions.

The Prime Minister also took the opportunity to welcome the Russian Defence Minister’s expected visit to Fiji in early 2015 and thanked Minister Lavrov for the educational opportunities that Russia has offered Fiji and other Pacific Islands at the federal university in Vladivostok.

He said that Fiji intended to respond positively to this offer.

Minister Lavrov congratulated the Prime Minister for the successful completion of the Fijian General Election and for the Prime Minister’s victory. Prime Minister Bainimarama thanked Russia for its participation in the Multinational Observer Group that monitored the election.