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Business News/ News / World/  ‘It's bad manners’: Fiji PM on China during talks with EAM Jaishankar
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‘It's bad manners’: Fiji PM on China during talks with EAM Jaishankar

We have great old friends and there is no need to look for new friends. There are no really new friends in this region. We have been friends with India, and we have been friends with China. We'll continue our relationship: Fiji PM

Fiji Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka (AP)Premium
Fiji Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka (AP)

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has met Fiji's Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka on Thursday. After the meet, while addressing reporters, Fiji PM Rabuka said that he and the EAM felt it ‘bad manners’ to talk about China while they were 'not present in the building". 

"We thought it was bad manners to talk about somebody who is not in the building. We spoke about our own cooperation and we're very fortunate to have such a great power and economy talking to us." PM Rabuka told reporters. 

"We have great old friends and there is no need to look for new friends. There are no really new friends in this region. We have been friends with India, and we have been friends with China. We'll continue our relationship," the Fijian PM said.

Fiji PM Rabuka said that India stood by his country in times of great need and will always be a special friend and trusted partner.

"I'm pleased to say that India will always be a special friend and trusted partner to Fiji," the Fiji Prime Minister said during a joint press statement with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in Suva, Fiji.

"Together we've built a robust multifaceted partnership which covers cooperation in all major areas of nation-building. India has stood by us in times of great need. We're grateful to GoI for supporting us through the provision of life-saving vaccines and humanitarian assistance," the Fijian PM said.

He appreciated PM Modi and the Indian government for their support in co-hosting the 12th World Hindi conference in Fiji.

"Fiji appreciates India's commitment towards the development of our pacific region through collective priorities. We are more resolved now than ever to build a strong and sustainable future for families in Fiji, the Pacific and beyond," he said.

The Fiji Prime Minister said further that a lot of people from his country visit India for medical treatment and education.

On the MoU on visa exemption between India and Fiji, the PM said: "We will certainly benefit, though the scale may differ."

The 12th World Hindi Conference is being held in Fiji from February 15 to 17. It is being co-hosted by the Ministry of External Affairs and the Fiji government.

(With inputs ANI)

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Published: 16 Feb 2023, 05:01 PM IST
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