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Ratu Inoke Officially Opens Addis Ababa Mission

Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs,  Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, yesterday formally opened Fiji’s mission office in Addis Ababa. The high-level opening ceremony was held at the Ellily Hotel in Addis Ababa
28 May 2016 09:53
Ratu Inoke  Officially Opens  Addis Ababa Mission

Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs,  Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, yesterday formally opened Fiji’s mission office in Addis Ababa.

The high-level opening ceremony was held at the Ellily Hotel in Addis Ababa in the presence of Ethiopian government officials, members of the Diplomatic Corps and invited guests. State Minister of Foreign Affairs Ato Regassa Kefale represented the Ethiopian government.

In addressing the audience, Minister Kubuabola stated he was honoured and grateful to the government of Ethiopia for its support in the setting up of Fiji’s diplomatic representation in the country that would effectively service and forge partnerships in the region.

Minister Kubuabola said the Government of Fiji observed the principles of international law and respects State sovereignty and equality and abided by the principle of,   “Friends to All, Enemy to None.”

Minister Kubuabola also informed the audience that Fiji, although small, punched well above its weight in the international arena.

Minister Kubuabola stated as follows: “The Republic of Fiji has gained international recognition in areas such as advocating strongly for Small Islands Developing States in the international arena, peacekeeping, the chairing of the Group of 77 plus China, presiding over the executive boards of UNDP, UNOPS, UNFPA, and leading the fight against climate change. Fiji is also currently contesting the Presidency of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly”.

Minister Kubuabola stated that Ethiopia was strategically placed and is host to 116 diplomatic missions, regional and international organisations and that it was fitting for Fiji to be present in Ethiopia in order to reach to the rest of Africa.

Minister Kubuabola later opened the Fiji Embassy together with Fiji’s First resident Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mosese Tikoitoga.

Minister Kubuabola earlier in the day met with State Minister for Political Affairs Ambassador Taye Atske-Selassie and discussed Fiji’s Foreign Policy, recent political developments in the region and Tropical Cyclone Winston rehabilitation efforts.  Minister Kubuabola also used the opportunity to lobby for Fiji’s Presidency of the 71st Session of the UNGA.

Minister Kubuabola will today have a bilateral meeting with the African Union chairperson – H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

 



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