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Fiji and Lithuania deepen relations

12:01 Yesterday

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Report by: Akosita Talei

Fiji is looking to deepen relations with the Republic of Lithuania- a country in Northern Europe.

Fiji’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Solo Mara has met with the Ambassador of Lithuania to UK, Asta Skaisgirytė Liauškienė.

The meeting, which was held at the Fijian High Commission in London, saw the two envoys discuss ways to strengthen relations between the two nations.

Ambassador Liauškienė pointed out that Fiji’s position as a popular tourism destination grows interest amongst Lithuanians and a possible visa exemption for Lithuanians would boost tourist arrivals from Lithuania to Fiji.

She added that as an open economy, Lithuania welcomed the trade of Fijian products in her country.

During discussions, Mara pointed that Fiji was affected by climate change as an island nation. He said that while adaptive measures were in place, communities and villages were being relocated because of rising sea levels.

In response, Ambassador Liauškienė conveyed her nation’s hope that the 2015 Climate Change Paris negotiations would provide a positive outcome not only for Fiji but other small island countries affected by climate change.

She says Lithuania would assist Fiji through strengthened bilateral relations and through the ACP-EU development cooperation.

The Republic of Lithuania and Fiji established diplomatic relations in January 2014.

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