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Ratu Inoke At PIF Foreign Affairs Meet

Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola is in Sydney for the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting, which started yesterday and ends today. “The meeting is organised
11 Jul 2015 09:25
Ratu Inoke At PIF Foreign Affairs Meet
PIF Foreign Affairs minister’s meeting in Sydney, Australia Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola is in Sydney for the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting, which started yesterday and ends today.

“The meeting is organised by the Australian government and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat,” he said.

Ratu Inoke said this would be Fiji’s first participation at Foreign Ministers level in the PIF since the Fijian Government made the decision over a month ago to re-engage with the PIF only at officials and ministerial level.

He said the congregation of PIF Member States, Associate Member States and the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP) agencies was expected to deliberate on issues of topical importance to the Pacific region, including disaster management and enhanced international engagement.

“Fiji is pleased to be able to participate at the meeting and looks forward to constructive discussions with Pacific counterparts,” he said.

Ratu Inoke confirmed he would seize the opportunity to hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts from the region, including Australia and New Zealand.

“These bilateral meetings are envisaged to discuss various issues of mutual importance with a view to further strengthening Fiji’s bilateral, regional and multilateral relations.”

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama had already said that Fiji was back in the PIF but would not participate at the Leaders Forum until the issue of Australia and New Zealand is resolved.

Fiji says they should be development partners/donors not dominating as full members of a Pacific Islands body.

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