The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Professor Biman Prasad has met with the Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar in Delhi and has had a very fruitful meeting.
Dr. Jaishankar congratulated the new Coalition Government and has assured the Government of India's support in building more closer ties with Fiji, including enhanced bilateral development cooperation and close collaboration on areas of mutual strategic interest.
Professor Prasad expressed his sincere gratitude to the Indian Government for the warm welcome and hospitality on his first official visit in his capacity as a Government Minister.
He has reaffirmed the Coalition Government's willingness to develop more closer, meaningful and deeper ties with democratic partners that share the common values and principles of genuine democracy, rule of law, human rights, media freedom and mutual respect.
Discussions focused on potential future bilateral cooperation in areas of health and medical services, economic diversification, social and economic empowerment, sugar industry and ICT development.
Dr. Jaishankar will be traveling to Fiji next week to attend the World Hindi Conference and will be having bilateral discussions with the Prime Minister and other Fiji Government officials.
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