Fiji, Gambia Establish Diplomatic Relations
The Republic of the Gambia and the Republic of Fiji formalised diplomatic relations at a ceremony at the Permanent Mission of Fiji to the United Nations in New York on Friday.
The Permanent Representative of the Gambia to the United Nations, Mamadou Tangara and his Fiji counterpart, Peter Thomson, signed a joint communiqué establishing diplomatic relations between the two states.
The communiqué conveys the agreement of both states for their diplomatic relations to be guided by the goals and purposes of the United Nations Charter and international law.
Particular among these are:
– equality among states,
– respect for national sovereignty,
– territorial integrity,
– non-interference in the internal affairs of other states
– respect for international treaties.
The communiqué expresses the desire of both states to strengthen bonds of friendship and cooperation between their two countries in political, economic, cultural, humanitarian and other fields.
Following the formalisation ceremony, Mr Tangara and Mr Thomson held talks on areas of common interest between their two countries and potential areas of co-operation at the United Nations, including peacekeeping and the place of small states in the UN system.
Mr Tangara expressed the Gambia’s appreciation for Fiji’s leadership of the G77 and China in 2013.