August 17, 2016 10:25 am

PM sends well wishes to Republic of Korea

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama extended well wishes of the Fijian people to the Republic of Korea as the nation marked its 71st anniversary of independence. In a congratulatory note to President Park Geun-hye, Mr Bainimarama said Fiji reaffirmed its desire to work closely with the Government of the Republic of Korea to address the great issues […]

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama extended well wishes of the Fijian people to the Republic of Korea as the nation marked its 71st anniversary of independence.

Fiji Prime Minister, Voroqe Banimarama. (Newswire)
Prime Minister, Voroqe Bainimarama. (DEPTFO)

In a congratulatory note to President Park Geun-hye, Mr Bainimarama said Fiji reaffirmed its desire to work closely with the Government of the Republic of Korea to address the great issues like climate change, regional peace, security and social and economic development.

Republic of Korea, which celebrates its independence on August 15, was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with Fiji 46 years ago.

BAINIMARAMA: “With the direct air link between our nations, we continue to strengthen our people-to-people ties, as well as our formal diplomatic relationship. I also wish to again place on record my Government’s gratitude for the Republic of Korea’s generous assistance to Fiji in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston in February.”

Mr Bainimarama said he was especially keen to secure increased Korean investment in Fiji and an expansion of trade between the two countries.

To this end, he said Fiji looked forward to working with the Government of Korea to strengthen economic links in the months and years ahead.

Prime Minister Bainimarama said Fiji deeply valued its friendship, trust, and respect with the Republic of Korea.