Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock of Germany arrived in Fiji today, marking the first-ever visit by a German Foreign Minister to the country.

This significant milestone underscores Germany's deepening commitment to the Pacific region and its shared challenges, particularly in addressing the impacts of the climate crisis and disaster prevention.

During her visit, Minister Baerbock met with the Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Hon. Villiame Gavoka.

Discussions surrounding climate resilience and disaster management took place while a bilateral agreement was signed as well.

Emphasis was given to visiting sites affected by land erosion and flooding to witness firsthand the challenges faced by Fiji and its Pacific neighbours.

Before she arrived in Fiji, Minister Baerbock visited New Zealand and Australia, highlighting the interconnectedness of regional issues and Germany's commitment to engaging with partners across the Pacific.

The establishment of the German Diplomatic Mission in Fiji and the appointment of a Special Envoy to the Pacific demonstrates Germany's dedication to strengthening ties with Fiji and the wider region.

Acting Prime Minister, Hon. Gavoka expressed appreciation for Germany's support across various sectors, including climate resilience, sports, education, and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Germany's contributions through the European Union have further facilitated Fiji's development, encompassing infrastructure, education, vocational training, healthcare, women's advancement, and efforts to combat domestic violence.