Diplomacy

NZ PM John Key arrives in Fiji

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key who is expected to hold talks with the government regarding several issues has arrived into the country at the Nausori Airport this afternoon. Prime Minister John Key was welcomed by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and the Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at the Nausori Airport this afternoon. Prime Minister Key […]

Staff Writers

June 9, 2016 6:30 pm

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key who is expected to hold talks with the government regarding several issues has arrived into the country at the Nausori Airport this afternoon.

New Zealand Prime Minister, Right Honourable John Key with RFMF Commander Rear admiral Viliame Naupoto at the Nausori Airport this afternoon. (Fijian Government)
New Zealand Prime Minister, Right Honourable John Key with RFMF Commander Rear admiral Viliame Naupoto at the Nausori Airport this afternoon. (Fijian Government)

Prime Minister John Key was welcomed by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and the Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at the Nausori Airport this afternoon.

Prime Minister Key was accorded a 100-men Guard of Honour by members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.

In a video, PM John Key said that he will be looking into the recovery work undertaken following TC Winston which devastated the nation in February.

KEY: “New Zealand will always remember the devastation that took place with Cyclone Winston and of course the big role that New Zealand is playing in terms of giving support to the people of Fiji. First hand, looking to seeing that rescue and recovery work being undertaken now and obviously to give a sense of how the people of Fiji are recovering after such a devastating cyclone.”

Prime Minister Key said that there is a lot to discuss with PM Bainimarama during his two-day visit.

KEY: “Looking forward to talking to Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama. There’s a lot of things for us to discuss. Fiji’s obviously a strong Pacific nation, one which we have a lot of engagement with.”

Prime Minister Key is expected to ask Prime Minister Bainimarama to forgive and support former NZ Prime Minister Helen Clark’s bid for the UN Secretary General’s post.

Helen Clark imposed sanctions on Fiji after the 2006 coup.

New Zealand media are reporting that Prime Minister Key has also undertaken to raise a ban Fiji has put New Zealand journalists Michael Field and Barbara Dreaver.

Prime Minister Key is on a two-day official visit to Fiji to further strengthen diplomatic and political relations between Fiji and New Zealand. He is the first New Zealand Prime Minister to visit here in more than a decade.

Hon. Prime Minister Key is accompanied by a 14-member delegation, including his Foreign Minister Hon. Murray McCully, senior officials and media personnel.

The Fijian Government is preparing for the arrival of New Zealand Prime Minister John Key official visit to Suva this afternoon.

The agenda for the official visit includes bilateral discussions with the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama which is expected to cover a range of issues including the post-TC Winston recovery and visit a New Zealand patrol vessel, the HMNZS Otago.

Prime Minister Key will be accorded a Guard of Honor on his arrival by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces at the Nausori Airport.

Princess Road will be closed this afternoon to accommodate Key’s arrival. The road closure is expected to start around 3:00pm.

All closed roads will be opened after the New Zealand Prime Minister’s motorcade and delegation pass through.

Members of the public are advised to use alternative road routes as movements or access into these routes will be strictly restricted due to security reasons.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is expected to arrive at Nausori Airport today for a two-day visit.

The Fiji Police Force will be conducting a full dress rehearsal of route lining duties ahead of the arrival of New Zealand Prime Minister.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama earlier this year. (Radio NZ)
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama earlier this year. (Radio NZ)

In a statement, Director Operations Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Tito Elo said officers will be noticeable along Princess Road and the Samabula areas from 3pm this afternoon.

ELO: “We are therefore asking members of the public to assist by cooperating with our officers as there will be some traffic issues during the time of the exercise.”

Earlier, the Chief Operations Officer ACP Rusiate Tudravu said this will enable police to map out possible routes for the upcoming visit of the Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key this week.

TUDRAVU: “As such we are requesting everyone for to cooperate and have patience as there may be some traffic issues.”

The New Zealand Prime Minister will be in the country on Thursday.

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