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Fiji Signs Landmark Agreements with Russia

Fiji has signed a series of bilateral agreements with the Russian Federation during the first ever visit to Moscow by a Fijian leader.

The Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev witnessed the signing of new protocols on military and technical cooperation; a mutual visa exemption scheme; cooperation in tackling money laundering, the proceeds of crime and the financing of terrorism; public health assistance; and university exchanges between Russia’s Far East University and the Fiji National University.

Negotiations will also begin soon on a double taxation agreement and an air services agreement to establish air links between Moscow and Nadi and significantly boost the number of Russian tourists visiting Fiji.

The signings capped a day of intense activity in Moscow, which began when the Prime Minister laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier along the Kremlin Wall in the centre of the Russian capital. This was followed by a meeting between Commodore Bainimarama and Prime Minister Medvedev at his official residence, Gorky House, on the outskirts of Moscow.

The two leaders pledged to strengthen their bilateral relations and improve trade and economic ties. These were officially described as having been largely sporadic and uncoordinated in the past.

In his welcome statement, the Russian leader said he would like to see a celebration of the relationship between Russia and Fiji next year to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1974. To this end, he invited a Fijian delegation to visit Russia next August to mark the occasion.

Prime Minister Medvedev expressed the Russian Government’s continuing support for Fiji’s contribution to United Nations peacekeeping efforts. One hundred and eighty two (182) Fijian troops left Fiji on Thursday to join the UN contingent in the Golan Heights. Mr Medvedev said Russia wanted to pay particular attention to assisting Fiji with its UN peacekeeping deployments.

After PM Bainimarama had given him an update on Fiji’s progress towards the election in September 2014, the Russian Prime Minister said Fiji had the right to be left alone to map its own way forward without being dictated to by other countries. Russia, he said, respected the sovereignty of every nation, big or small, and their right to decide on their development and their future.

The Russian leader also accepted an invitation from the Fijian Prime Minister to send a senior representative to the summit meeting of the Pacific Islands Development Forum in Nadi in August. He indicated that his Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, would be the most likely official to lead the Russian delegation.

Prime Minister Bainimarama is scheduled to meet the Foreign Minister later today (Saturday).

Fijian Prime Minister Meets with Fiji World Sevens Rugby Team

Maintaining Fiji’s prominence in the field of rugby was a key highlight to Fiji’s national sevens rugby team to the 2013 Moscow World Cup.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama pointed this out as he officially handed over jerseys to Fiji’s national team this afternoon in Moscow. At the event, the head of government reminded them of the support they have from all Fijians including those that have travelled to watch the games in the Russian capital.

“You have only four days here in Moscow to make sure that we maintain the name of Fiji and rugby”.

“Fiji is well known for many things and the most prominent is our peacekeeping duties and our rugby talents. It is important that you maintain that for all Fijians”.

The head of government said that in order for the team to be successful during the tournament, they needed to work closely with each other.

“The most important thing is to be alert and to make sure that each of you support each other and play hard.”

Today’s event also saw the Prime Minister commend the Fiji’s Women’s National Rugby team.

“I’m proud to be here today to witness the growth and development of rugby amongst our young women who have made it this far to the world tournament – Vinaka Vakalevu”.

The Prime Minister presented jerseys to both rugby teams at the Crown Plaza in Moscow, following his arrival this afternoon into the capital of the Russian Federation.

Fijian Prime Minister Arrives in Moscow

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama arrived in Moscow this evening (early morning today-Fiji time) kick-starting his state visit to the Russian Federation.

The Prime Minister is leading the first Government delegation to Moscow, designed to boost trade and investment opportunities.

The head of government was received by the non resident Ambassador for the Russian Federation to Fiji, His Excellency Mr Vladimir Morozov and senior government officials that overlook Asia Pacific Affairs.

The Prime Minister is accompanied by the Minister for Defence Mr Joketani Cokanasiga, the Minister for Youth & Sports Mr Viliame Naupoto, the Director for Immigration Mr Nemani Vuniwaqa, the Acting Solicitor General and Acting Permanent Secretary for Civil Aviation Mr Sharvada Sharma, the Chairman for Investment Fiji Mr Truman Bradley, the Commander for the Fiji Naval Forces Commander John Fox as well as Fiji’s non resident Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Mr Isikeli Mataitoga.

The head of government will meet his counterpart later today (Fiji Time) at his residence outside Moscow. Both leaders will discuss ways to strengthen relations between both countries.

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama arrives in Moscow, Russia