Diplomatic relations soar to new heights

(Pictured second from left) Vice-President of the German Bundestag, Claudia Roth visited Fiji earlier this week. Picture: SUPPLIED

AREAS of development collaboration was discussed when Vice-President of the German Bundestag, Claudia Roth met with Minister for Defence, National Security and Foreign Affairs, Inia Seruiratu at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters in Suva on Tuesday earlier this week.

According to a Government statement, Fiji’s diplomatic relations with the Federal Republic of Germany reached new heights this week following the visit.

Ms Roth met with senior government officials and civil society representatives.

The key objective of the visit is to broaden Fiji-Germany cooperation in areas of climate change mitigation and enhance mutual cooperation for progressive development.

The delegation also visited Vunidogoloa village in Vanua Levu to witness first-hand the effects of climate change and its impacts on the livelihood of the communities.

It also gave the delegation an opportunity to meet with the Vunidogoloa community and to hear from them the challenges they face due to the detrimental effects of climate change.

Mr Seruiratu acknowledged the Government of Germany for their tremendous support towards Fiji’s presidency at COP23 and further commended the work by GIZ on climate change mitigation.

He said the visit by the German delegation is timely for it forges strategic partnership towards mitigating the effects of climate change and also thanked the German delegation for the visit and its commitment to strengthen diplomatic cooperation with Fiji.

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