Jaishankar unveils bust of Sardar Vallabhai Patel in Fiji's capital Suva

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar unveiled the bust of Sardar Vallabhai Patel at India House in Fiji's capital Suva on 17 February.

An overview of the news

  • Jaishankar was in Fiji from February 15 to 17, where he participated in the 12th World Hindi Conference.

  • He held bilateral meetings with Fiji's leadership during his first visit to Suva on 16 February.

  • Jaishankar met the President of Fiji, Ratu William Katonivere, at State House and along with the President of Fiji launched a Government of India funded project for solarization of the Pacific Heads of State Residence at State House in Suva.

  • The project is a Solar Head of State initiative launched by the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) in Fiji and funded by the India-UN Development Partnership Fund.

  • The leaders of the two countries took stock of bilateral relations and discussed ways to further strengthen the development partnership between India and Fiji in various sectors including capacity building, health, education, agriculture and information technology.

  • The External Affairs Minister inaugurated the renovated Girmit Gallery at the Fiji Museum.

  • The gallery depicts the journey of Girmits (Indian indentured labourers) in Fiji.

  • India and Fiji signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on visa exemption for holders of diplomatic and official passports.

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