CLOSER TIES: Bainimarama congratulates Samoa on its Independence and looks forward to strengthening bilateral relations with Samoa. Pictured: Fiji's P.M. Voreqe Bainimarama and P.M. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi at the summit in Japan.Fijian Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, has written to his Samoan counterpart, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

Mr. Bainimarama’s letter is to congratulate the Independent State of Samoa on the anniversary of the nation's independence, according to a report in the Fiji Times.

Mr. Bainimarama also used the opportunity to call for closer relations with Samoa.

"As the Government and people of Samoa this week celebrate's the 53rd Anniversary of Independence, I wish to extend, on behalf of the Government and the people of Fiji, our warmest congratulations and best wishes,” he writes.

"I look forward to working closely with you as we strengthen our bilateral relationship and pursue areas of mutual interest," the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister called on Samoa to join other Pacific nations to make their voices heard at the World Climate Summit in November in Paris where Fiji intends to lead the campaign to persuade industrialised nations to embrace binding cuts in carbon emissions to reduce the current state of global warming.





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