UAE INVITED TO PIDF LEADERS SUMMIT
SUVA, 19 FEBRUARY 2015 (FIJI LIVE) — Fiji has extended a Ministerial level invitation to the Government of the United Arab Emirates to participate at the third Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Leaders Summit in Fiji in August.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama extended the invite to His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) during their meeting in Nadi Wednesday.Bainimarama said they hope the United Arab Emirates will continue to provide financial support for the expansion of PIDF, especially at the early stages of developing a robust regional co-operation framework in the Pacific.He said Fiji and the Pacific Islands owe a debt of gratitude to the UAE’s generous contribution to our very unique Pacific IslandsDevelopment Forum, a catalyst for Pacific Small Islands Developing States (PSIDS) and Territories to address sustainable development issues like climate change, clean renewable energy, and sustainable tourism among other sustainable development initiatives through a Green Economy approach.
“As the Pacific Islands falter in varying degrees on the achievement of their respective Millennium Development Goals the PIDF stands ready to provide the much needed impetus for development.”Bainimarama also offered Fiji’s assistance in establishing a diplomatic presence of UAE in Suva.
“In light of our flourishing bilateral relations Fiji stands ready to assist the United Arab Emirates should it consider establishing a ‘diplomatic presence in Suva, as the hub of the South Pacific, to serve the PSIDS region. This will not only further strengthen our bilateral relations but more so enhance UAE’s strategic presence in the region,” said Bainimarama…
Source : PACNEWS