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Ratu Inoke Opens New Fiji Office In PNG

Fiji’s Haus’ in Papua New Guinea (PNG) was opened by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, on Monday. In his address, Ratu Inoke said the opening of the
28 Jan 2015 12:57
Ratu Inoke Opens New Fiji Office In PNG
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola (right), and Fiji’s High Commissioner to PNG Romanu Tikotikoca (second from left), with members of the Fijian community. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Fiji’s Haus’ in Papua New Guinea (PNG) was opened by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, on Monday.

In his address, Ratu Inoke said the opening of the chancery was a testimony to Fiji’s commitment to its relationship with the PNG government.

He said it also showed that Fiji’s economic and bilateral relationship with PNG had strengthened in many ways.

“Fiji and PNG are the two largest Pacific countries, hence our political level engagement is growing and with PNG’s strong influence in the MSG, it is the right time to re-strategise and take our economic relationship to a new level,” Ratu Inoke said.

He said the relocation of the office had been the result of the growth of Fiji’s presence in PNG and that of PNG in the region in terms of economy and influence.

Invited guests at the event included PNG’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Rimbink Pato and the staff of the Foreign Affairs, members of the Diplomatic Corps and members of the Fijian and Fiji Business Community.

The new office has been relocated from the Defence Building in Port Moresby.

The relocation was hinted by Ratu Inoke last year after a mob of PNG soldiers stormed the Defence Building in Port Moresby. He said that location had been considered unsafe for its foreign mission.

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