Diplomacy

New Zealand foreign minister to visit Fiji this week

The New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully is heading to Suva this week for meetings with his Fijian counterpart,  Ratu Inoke Kubuabola. It will be Mr McCully’s first trip to Fiji since Fiji held elections in 2014. His meeting with Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola will be a chance to discuss New Zealand’s ongoing re-engagement with […]

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February 15, 2016 12:03 pm

The New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully is heading to Suva this week for meetings with his Fijian counterpart,  Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.

New Zealand, Minister for Foreign Affairs Murray McCully. Photo: Getty Images.
New Zealand, Minister for Foreign Affairs Murray McCully. Photo: Getty Images.

It will be Mr McCully’s first trip to Fiji since Fiji held elections in 2014.

His meeting with Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola will be a chance to discuss New Zealand’s ongoing re-engagement with the Fijian government.

“My discussions with Minister Kubuabola and other government representatives will cover a range of matters including regional issues, trade, and our aid and development programme,” Mr McCully said.

“Fiji is New Zealand’s largest trading partner in the Pacific and a growing number of New Zealand businesses are active there.

“We are ramping up our development relationship and I plan to visit the Koronivia Agriculture Station near Suva, where New Zealand is looking to support an upgrade to help boost Fiji’s agricultural sector.”

Mr McCully will also meet with opposition representatives and Pacific Islands Forum secretary-general Dame Meg Taylor.

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