Fiji appoints new honorary consul in Estonia

FIJI has appointed a new honorary consul to the Republic of Estonia to strengthen existing ties and develop new avenues of cooperation.

Vlad Alex Vernygora was officially commissioned to represent Fiji when Estonia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs formally recognised his appointment at a ceremony in Estonia's capital, Tallinn - writes

Mr Vernygora - a lecturer in law at the Talllinn University of Technology - has had a strong professional interest in the Asia Pacific and says he is keen to promote Fiji's interests across a broad front in Estonia and the wider Baltic region.

In a Government statement issued in the last hour, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Minister for Foreign Affairs Voreqe Bainimarama congratulated Mr Vernygora, saying he was well placed to build on an already solid relationshiop and explore new levels of political, economic and social cooperation.

"The Fijian Government is pleased that we now have an official presence in Estonia and we look forward to working with our new honorary consul to take the relationship to another level,"Mr Bainimarama was quoted saying in the statement.

"At the start of our current Parliamentary sitting in Fiji, I specifically thanked Estonia - along with our other COP donors - for its generosity in helping to fund our COP23 campaign. And I again take the opportunity, with this appointment, to salute the Estonian government for its commitment to joining the vulnerable nations in the fight against climate change."

The statement said that Estonia had embarked on a stronger engagement with Fiji thatincludedd a donation of 100,000 Euros to help finance Fiji's Presidency of COP23.

It also stated that While Fiji and Estonia had had diplomatic relations since 2008, Mr Vernygora was Fiji's first honorary consul there, and he would report to Fiji's Head of Mission to the European Union, Ambassador Deo Saran.

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