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Fiji Extends Global Reach

This year Fiji has extended its diplomatic contacts by countries, says the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola. He hosted a Christmas reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps
23 Dec 2014 10:12
Fiji Extends Global Reach

This year Fiji has extended its diplomatic contacts by countries, says the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.

He hosted a Christmas reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps in Fiji at Novotel Suva Lami Bay last Friday.

Ratu Inoke said next year, the ministry would continue its pursuit of expanding Fiji’s diplomatic relations.

He said this year Fiji opened a permanent mission to the United Nations in Geneva and a Consulate General Office in Shanghai, China.

“We have also widened areas of diplomatic contacts by countries, as well as regions to cover the entire globe. This year alone we have established 17 formal diplomatic relations totaling 168,” he said.

Ratu Inoke said they also had the serious task of hosting some of the key leaders from around the world and successfully hosted the 2nd Pacific Island Development Forum Summit. In terms of public diplomacy, he said some very high benchmarks had been set.

“We had high level visits from the People’s Republic of China, India and Indonesia. We hosted the then President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in June and the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping last month. In that same week, we also hosted an official visit by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.

To finish the year on a successful and high note, he said last week in Lima, Peru, three of Fiji’s very own were appointed in global climate change bodies.

Ratu Inoke thanked all nations which assisted Fiji in the release of the 45 Fijian soldiers who were taken hostage in the Golan Heights.

He confirmed that there was no payment made for the soldiers’ release.

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