P.M. Tuilaepa to meet Israeli President
Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, is scheduled to meet the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, this week.
Tuilaepa will join several Pacific Island leaders in a meeting with the Israeli President during his first visit to the region.
President Rivlin is travelling to Fiji and Australia.
On Thursday, he will join a Pacific Island leader’s summit hosted by Fiji’s Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama.
Israel is calling the Pacific visit a “boost” to the nations relationship with the region, an a “historic opportunity affirm the bonds of friendship and solidarity which have existed between the State of Israel and the Pacific Island states for many decades.”
The meeting will touch on sustainable development challenges and how Israel can help in the areas of public health, food security, water management and disaster preparedness.
A business delegation is also joining the President, with representatives of the Manufacturers’ Association of Israel and the Israel Export Institute.
Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, James Marape, Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga, Sione Vuna Fa’otusia, Deputy Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Minute Alapati Taupo, and the Foreign Minister of the Solomon Islands, Jeremiah Manele, are expected to attend, alongside other high level delegates from the region.
The visit marks only the second time an Israeli President has visited Fiji.
On the same trip, President Rivlin will visit Australia, where he will join centenary celebrations for the United Israel Appeal, or Keren Hayesod.
The Australian visit was scheduled after a previous trip in March 2016 was cancelled.