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Opposition Quiz Govt On Its African Ties

Opposition Quiz Govt On Its African Ties
Fiji-Government
April 27
10:01 2016

Our diplomatic mission will have easy access to all African countries- Ratu Inoke

 

The Opposition yesterday questioned Government’s move to continue pursuing bilateral ties with nations in the African continent.

This is after Minister for Foreign Affairs; Ratu Inoke Kubuabola informed the Parliament of the newly established mission in Addis Ababa in the Democratic Republic of Ethiopia after the successful closure of the Fijian mission in Pretoria, South Africa.

He said people might raise questions as to why the Government chose Ethiopia.

“Ethiopia was one of the founding members of the United Nations; founding member of the Non-Alliance movement and the organisation of the African Unions with Addis Ababa serving as the headquarters of the African Union and it is located on the centre of the African continent,” Ratu Inoke said.

“Our diplomatic mission will have easy access to all African countries; it is the heart of all international institutions serving the continent. Ethiopia approximately holds 85 diplomatic missions and where some of the headquarters of some important regional institutions in the African continent are located.

“The move was to further our interest in the continent,” he said.

National Federation Party member, Tupou Draunidalo said it was not necessary for the Government to focus on bilateral ties in the African continent.

She said focusing on bilateral ties in countries like Australia and New Zealand would be more beneficial; a good example was their quick response when Fiji was struck by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Opposition MP, Viliame Gavoka said Fiji would have benefited if the Government made efforts to strengthen diplomatic relations with Israel as that was where most of our soldiers were based for peacekeeping duties.

Ratu Inoke said outside Parliament that diplomatic relations between New Zealand and Australia had been strengthened over the previous years.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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