Diplomacy

Bainimarama speaks on relations with Australia and New Zealand

The Prime Minister Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama opened the tripartite gathering of the Fiji Australia New Zealand Business Councils today where he spoke on Fiji’s trade and diplomatic relations with Australia and New Zealand. As the new Foreign Minister, Prime Minister Bainimarama said that he intends to put trade at the heart of Fiji’s foreign missions […]

Verleshwar Singh

September 15, 2016 4:05 pm

The Prime Minister Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama opened the tripartite gathering of the Fiji Australia New Zealand Business Councils today where he spoke on Fiji’s trade and diplomatic relations with Australia and New Zealand.

As the new Foreign Minister, Prime Minister Bainimarama said that he intends to put trade at the heart of Fiji’s foreign missions across the world including Australia and New Zealand.

Today’s gathering also saw the Prime Minister speak on Fiji’s relations with Australia and New Zealand,

“There is – to put it bluntly – a great deal of room for improvement in the quality of the relationships between our countries. We all know that New Zealand and Australia did a great deal after the events of 2006 to damage Fiji. From our perspective, we believe both countries fundamentally failed to grasp the reasons why we needed radical intervention to finally produce a level playing field for all Fijians and create a strong foundation for our economy. But as I told the New Zealand Prime Minister to his face when he came to visit us in June, we have delivered on our promise to return Fiji to parliamentary rule with our first genuine democracy of equal votes of equal value. And we are eager to let bygones be bygones and move forward together to a greater level of understanding.”

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