Am­bas­sador Tikoitoga presents cre­den­tials

Pres­i­dent of Ethiopia prom­ises sup­port on cli­mate change for Pa­cific is­lands

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Fiji’s Am­bas­sador Mos­ese Tikoitoga last week pre­sented his cre­den­tials to the Pres­i­dent of the Fed­eral Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Ethiopia, Dr Mu­latu Teshome. Pres­i­dent Teshome ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to the Fi­jian Gov­ern­ment for the pos­i­tive move to es­tab­lish an em­bassy as an ini­tia­tive to fur­ther strengthen the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries. “Ge­o­graph­i­cally, we may be thou­sands of miles apart, how­ever phys­i­cally, we are close at heart,” Pres­i­dent Teshome said.

He of­fered the full sup­port of his gov­ern­ment in the es­tab­lish­ment of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries. Am­bas­sador Tikoitoga said the Ethiopi­ans were al­ready find­ing it dif­fi­cult to sep­a­rate them from the crowd and many times spoke to them in Amharic only to re­alise from their re­sponse that they were Fi­jians. He said the Fi­jian Gov­ern­ment un­der­stood the strate­gic im­por­tance of Ethiopia and its links with other African coun­tries and with in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions work­ing in Africa. Pres­i­dent Dr Teshome also ex­pressed his sym­pa­thy on the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect of Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Win­ston and promised to sup­port Fiji and other Pa­cific Small Is­lands De­vel­op­ing States com­bat­ing the ef­fects of cli­mate change. They agreed to work to­gether on com­mon is­sues fac­ing both coun­tries. Source: DEPTFO News

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