In commemorating 38 years of diplomatic relations, Fiji and Venezuela reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening their relations, through their shared interests and priorities.

This was made possible through a virtual meeting held yesterday between the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister, Sugar Industry and Acting Permanent Secretary, Foreign Affairs, Mr Yogesh Karan, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs for Asia, Middle East and Oceania, of Venezuela, Mr Ruben Dario Molina and Venezuela’s Head of Mission to Australia Mr Daniel Gasparri-Rey and Minister Counsellor Antonio Morillo.

The two countries acknowledged the potential for enhanced cooperation and strengthened international solidarity in addressing challenges imposed by COVID-19.

Given that business nowadays is largely virtual, engagements between our two countries are just a click away.

Reflecting on Venezuela’s role as an observer member in the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF), Mr Karan said PIDF remains an important avenue for Venezuela to engage with the region and explore avenues for greater inter-regional cooperation.

In acknowledging Venezuela’s interest to establish its first Diplomatic Mission in Fiji, Mr Karan said this would be a milestone for Fiji and the region, as we currently do not have any diplomatic representation from Latin America, in Fiji and the region.

In response, Venezuela Vice-Minister, Molina conveyed appreciation to Fiji for the opportunity to engage in further dialogue that will be instrumental in enhancing the levels of engagements between the two nations as they recognise their 38 years of bilateral relations.

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