19 May 2007

India offers Fiji assistance including military

9:32 am on 19 May 2007

The Indian prime minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, is reported to have pledged his government's continuing assistance to Fiji in several sectors including military cooperation.

A Fiji ministry of information statement says assistance has also been offered for the sugar industry, health, investment promotion in tourism, and technical cooperation in information technology.

The statement says Dr Singh made the offer in a meeting with Fijis interim finance minister, Mahendra Chaudhry, in a meeting in New Delhi this week.

It says Dr Singh was of the view that India should fully engage with Fiji in order to find a lasting solution to its problems and assist in economic and social development.

The Fiji information ministry statement says Dr Singh considered the interim administration's time frame for general elections to be an internal matter for Fiji authorities so long as the polls are free and fair.