Media 21 Feb 2020
Yesterday, Fiji welcomed the President of the State of Israel, H.E Reuven Rivlin, who engaged with the Pacific leaders during the Pacific Islands Leaders' Summit Meeting.
In his address, the president acknowledged the partnership between Israel and the Pacific region.
"When there are close bonds between hearts, we can overcome even great distances." President Rivlin said.
"We have so much in common. We are all small countries, which are proud of our traditions and committed to democracy, freedom and progress."
"We are resilient peoples, making us natural partners in meeting one of the greatest challenges of our time - combatting climate change and promoting sustainable development."
"I strongly believe that we must increase our cooperation in fields such as emergency response, food security, energy, agriculture, health, and water management. Already today we cooperate in many areas."
The Pacific leaders who participated in the summit were Prime Minister James Marape of Papua New Guinea, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi of Samoa, Deputy Prime Minister Sione Vuna Fa'otusia of Tonga, Prime Minister Minute Alapati Taupo of Tuvalu, Foreign Minister Andrew Napuat of Solomon Islands, and other high-level representatives from Vanuatu and Palau.
Image: President Rivlin (right) with President Jioji Konrote at the official dinner for the Pacific leaders. Source: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs via Kobi Gideon