SUVA, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is in Fiji for a two-day visit and both countries have reaffirmed commitment to enhance bilateral cooperation.
During a Monday meeting with Kono, who arrived in the island nation on Sunday, Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said that Fiji regarded Japan as a positive force in the country and the Pacific region, a partner in development and a source of expertise and practical solutions to many of their daily challenges. This was a boost to the island nation's socio-economic development.
Bainimarama also stressed Fiji's participation at the Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM) and commended Japan for its commitment towards the PALM process and for using the platform to enhance relations with the Pacific Island countries.
Their meeting also centered on the G20 Summit, the COP25 scheduled to be held in Chile and sports in particular, the rugby World Cup, 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games.
On Sunday, Kono also met with his Fijian counterpart, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Security Inia Seruiratu, discussing ways to strengthen the relations between the two countries.
The Japanese foreign minister highlighted that Japan will promote people-to-people exchange among the young generation and the Japanese government will invite 100 children from the Pacific Islands to take part in next year's Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
This is the first time in 32 years a Japanese foreign minister has visited Fiji and the last visit was in 1987.