India, Fiji Ink MoU on visa exemption for diplomatic, official passport holders-

India and Fiji have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to exempt visa requirements for diplomatic and official passport holders of either country, which makes Fiji the 60th country to establish such a pact with India. The move is intended to encourage travel and cooperation between the two nations. Indian External Affairs Minister, Dr. S Jaishankar's visit to Fiji was aimed at fortifying relations and attending the 12th World Hindi Conference. Fijian Prime Minister, Sitiveni Rabuka expressed gratitude for the cooperation and anticipated further initiatives to enhance bilateral ties.

Important points to remember:

  1. This development was announced during Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar’s visit to Fiji.
  2. The move is aimed to boost travel and cooperation between India and Fiji.
  3. This strengthens India's interests in the strategic Indo-Pacific region.
  4. The initiative could encourage more Fijian travellers to opt for medical treatment and education in India.
  5. India now has visa exemption agreements with 60 countries.