Suva, Nov 17: Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama can't believe it! "I can scarcely believe it myself," said the 60-year-old leader when speaking about hosting top leaders of India and China within a span of two days this week, an ABC news report said.
Bainimarama said the occasion will not only give his country an opportunity to host leaders of two big states and also those from the neighbourhoods, but it will also showcase Fiji.
The twin visits is also significant for Fiji, a country which is witnessing more space in the diplomatic community after holding elections in September, the first time since the 2006 military coup that brought Bainimarama to power. He was sworn in as the prime minister of Fiji after his party won the elections.
Bainimarama said the visits of Modi and Jinping are an acknowledgement of Fiji's political transition and the duo was looking forward to assist the new elected government.
Banaimarama said Fiji's transition to democracy has increased its importance
The Fijian prime minister said both China and India have increasing interest in the Pacific region but said better relations with Beijing and New Delhi will not affect Suva's relations with other countries.
He also said that the Asian powerhouses acknowledge Fiji as a regional power which has earned applause on the global stage.