The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today bid farewell to the outgoing Indian High Commissioner of India to Fiji, His Excellency, Mr Vishvas Sapkal. Earlier this week Mr Sapkal also paid his farewell call on the Minister for Defence, National Security and Foreign Affairs, Hon. Inia Seruiratu, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters in Suva.
The Ministry thanked Mr Sapkal for his commitment and contributions to Fiji and also conveyed its best wishes to him for his future endeavors.
Mr Sapkal has expressed his appreciation to all the senior government officials and non-government agencies for the support they had provided during his term of service here in Fiji.
Mr Sapkal said that Fiji has become his second home and he will be departing with unforgettable memories of great friendship, kind gesture and bula smile.
“I would like to sincerely acknowledge the support provided by the Fijian President, the Hon. Prime Minister, the Ministers and the Permanent Secretaries. It has been an honour to serve in Fiji and indeed Fiji-India has cemented its bilateral relationship to the next level.
“Our bilateral relationship is multifaceted and it’s really good in development spheres whether it is agriculture, health sector, climate change, education, human resources; we share close bonds and collaboration.
“Fiji was one of the first founding members of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and one of the first 15 countries that signed and ratified the framework agreement of the ISA and our cooperation is going really well.
“Our cooperation in strengthening democracy is really strong as well and since Fiji and India are both developing nations, as such we would like to share expertise in various sectors. In the agriculture sector our cooperation in the sugar industry is going well. In human resources development every year almost 150 Fijians get trained in various courses in India and around 30 students go for the long-term scholarships in India for various undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate courses,” Mr Sapkal said.