- Title: Fiji Prime Minister visits Jerusalem, meets Israel's Netanyahu
- Date: 7th November 2016
- Summary: JERUSALEM (NOVEMBER 7, 2016) (REUTERS) ****WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** YAD VASHEM HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL VARIOUS OF BAINIMARAMA TOURING MEMORIAL BAINIMARAMA AT MEMORIAL FIRE TORCH AT MEMORIAL BAINIMARAMA PLACING WREATH ON FLOOR OF MEMORIAL WREATH WITH TEXT READING (English) "REPUBLIC OF THE FIJI ISLAND" BAINIMARAMA AT MEMORIAL
- Embargoed: 22nd November 2016 15:42
- Keywords: Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama Israel Benjamin Netanyahu Holocaust Yad Vashem
- Location: JERUSALEM
- City: JERUSALEM
- Country: Israel
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00257G2X53
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama met with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday (November 7) during a state visit to Israel.
Bainimarama, who's touring the Middle East with an aim to discuss United Nations peacekeeping in the region, asked for Israel's help in combating climate change and invited the Israeli prime minister to visit the Pacific Island Nation.
"We are here to help, we are here to keep the peace and that commitment will continue now and in the years ahead. I'm also looking forward to Israel's support, Sir, on a range of issues, on medical, on renewable energy, including agriculture, especially our effort to draw global attention to the need for more decisive action on climate change. The rising sea levels and extreme weather events associated with climate change threaten our very existence in the Pacific, and we need the support of Israel and every nation as we take the fight to Morocco later on in the week in COP22, sorry later in the month. In the meantime, Sir, I want to thank the Israeli government for its warm welcome and again I pass on the invitation for you and your family to come home for a visit, enjoy the holiday and hospitality that only Fiji can give you," Bainimarama told Netanyahu at a joint news conference.
After meeting Netanyahu the Fijian prime minister also visited Jerusalem's Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem.
Bainimarama visited the museum's 'Hall of Names', where the round walls are covered with hundreds of photos of victims of the Nazis.
He then attended a ceremony at the museum's 'Hall of Remembrance', where he laid a wreath and enhanced an "eternal flame" lighting to commemorate 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis during WWII.
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