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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrived in Fiji last night.
This is Prime Minister Ardern’s first official visit to Fiji.
Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama welcomed his New Zealand counterpart at the Nausori International Airport last night.
Bainimarama was joined by other cabinet ministers as well.
Prime Minister Ardern inspected a 50 men guard of honor mounted by members of the Republic of Fiji Military Officers before being escorted to Suva.
The New Zealand Prime Minister will be accorded to a traditional welcome ceremony this morning at the Grand Pacific Hotel.
This will be followed by her courtesy call on the President Major- General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote. She will also meet the Forum Secretary General, Dame Meg Taylor.
Prime Minister Ardern will then attend a wreath laying ceremony at the National War Memorial.
The two prime ministers' meeting is expected to focus on climate change in the Pacific region, improvement of trade balance and development of cooperation.
Ardern will also deliver a speech at the University of the South Pacific (USP).
In recent years, trade relations between Fiji and New Zealand have strengthened with Fiji being New Zealand's largest trading partner in the Pacific and New Zealand being one of Fiji's top five import markets.
The two countries have set a target to achieve a US$2-billion- trade relationship in the years to come.
New Zealand is also Fiji's second largest tourism source market with increases in visitor arrivals from New Zealand reaching a record high in 2018.
Prime Minister Ardern will be in Fiji until Thursday.
SOURCE: FBC NEWS/XINHUA/PACNEWS
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