Diplomacy

NZ Prime Minister to visit Fiji next week

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is expected to make an official visit to Fiji next week Thursday. Mr. Key will be in Suva to meet with the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and will also be visiting areas affected by Cyclone Winston. The New Zealand Herald reported that the pair first broke the ice last […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

May 31, 2016 9:00 am

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is expected to make an official visit to Fiji next week Thursday.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (scoopnest.com)
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (Scoop Nest)

Mr. Key will be in Suva to meet with the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and will also be visiting areas affected by Cyclone Winston.

The New Zealand Herald reported that the pair first broke the ice last year on neutral ground at the United Nations in New York.

Mr. Key said his visit was part of a renewal of political and diplomatic links with Fiji.

KEY: “At the end of the day it’s ancient history about New Zealand’s concerns of the military coup.”

He said the sanctions were the right steps to take.

“But we always said once they got to the point of having free and fair elections we would normalise the relationship. It is an important relationship for us in the Pacific.”

He believed it was important that the “bigger partner” had extended a hand and offered to visit.

Mr Key said Fiji’s recovery from that would be discussed as well as Pacer Plus Trade negotiations.

New Zealand gave $15 million in aid following the cyclone.

KEY: “New Zealand was proud to stand alongside its neighbour in a time of need and our relationship is now stronger as a result.” stuff.com.nz quoted Mr Key.

“I look forward to meeting with Prime Minister Bainimarama to discuss how we can build on that progress and work even closer together.”

The New Zealand Prime Minister will be in Suva on June 9 and 10.

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