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PM Advised To Stay Indoors At Brussels

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has been advised to stay indoors in Brussels. Speaking from the Belgian capital yesterday he said the whole place was closed down including the metro. This
24 Nov 2015 09:33
PM Advised To Stay Indoors At Brussels
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has been advised to stay indoors in Brussels.

Speaking from the Belgian capital yesterday he said the whole place was closed down including the metro.

This was after the Belgian PM ordered another day of lockdown in the city after the Paris attacks.

Mr Bainimarama said they were advised by the Police to travel by air on Saturday when from London but Fiji’s High Commissioner Solo Mara had already booked them on the Eurostar, the fast train that took 2.5 hours from London to Brussels.

“My visit to the graveside of Lekima Mua, son of Ratu Sakiusa Vakalolo of Somosomo, Taveuni, who was killed during WW1 had to be cancelled on Sunday including a visit to Flanders Field Museum,” Mr Bainimarama said.

He said the Police and military were on the streets 24 hours a day in Brussels.

Today Mr Bainimarama will be delivering the keynote address at the 102nd Session of the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States at the ACP House in Brussels.

The chair of the meeting, the Minister of Finance from the Kingdom of Lesotho, Dr Mamphono Khaketla, will welcome Mr Bainimarama before he delivers his keynote address.

A release from Brussels reported ACP secretary-general Dr Patrick I. Gomes saying, “This council session takes place at a very critical time, in the midst of major global summits on trade, climate change, and other essential aspects related to development. Moreover, the ACP Group of countries is at a juncture where we must ask fundamental, existential questions about how the organisation can contribute in an effective way that impact on our peoples’ lives, in light of all the global challenges we face today. It is essential to engage strategically during this period.”

Aside from approving the 2016 budget for the ACP Secretariat, major decisions expected out of the meeting include those on the 8th Summit of ACP Heads of State and Government, outlooks on the UN Climate Change Conference COP21, the WTO Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, amongst others.

Ministers will also hold deliberations on the ACP Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) Forum, and the future of ACP-EU relations.

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