Fiji, an island nation in the South Pacific, declared on Monday that its first embassy in Israel will open the following year.
Eli Cohen, the foreign minister of Israel, praised the news and referred to Fiji as a “true friend” of his country.
Cohen stated, “I applaud the Fijian administration for a significant move that will expand and enhance the ties between the two nations.
“Fiji has demonstrated recently that it is a loyal ally of Israel both domestically and internationally.
We are one step closer to achieving our aim of having 100 embassies in Israel with the opening of the Fijian embassy, according to Cohen.
The 98th embassy to the Jewish state will be from Fiji.
The majority of the embassies are in Tel Aviv, while the remainder are in Jerusalem, the country’s capital.
“More embassies in Israel demonstrate Israel’s value to the world and the desire to access our capabilities in the areas of innovation, economics, and science,” Cohen added.
The Cabinet approved the action, according to Sitiveni Rabuka, the prime minister of Fiji, and it was also decided to reopen three embassies that were shut down because of the COVID-19 epidemic in Kuala Lumpur, Port Moseby, and Washington, D.C.
The Fijian prime minister said in a statement that the embassy relocations will be taken into account when the 2023–204 national budget is unveiled on Friday.
According to Rabuka, Fiji has “maintained friendly relations with the State of Israel through bilateral cooperation on peace and security, as well as areas like agriculture.”