Diplomacy

PM Bainimarama meets with NZ foreign minister

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama received a courtesy call from New Zealand’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Murray McCully yesterday. This is Mr. McCully’s first visit to Suva since the 2014 general elections and it is an opportunity to discuss the ongoing re‑engagement directly with the Government of Fiji. The Foreign Minister is in the country to hold […]

Peni Shute

February 17, 2016 3:06 pm

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama received a courtesy call from New Zealand’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Murray McCully yesterday.

This is Mr. McCully’s first visit to Suva since the 2014 general elections and it is an opportunity to discuss the ongoing re‑engagement directly with the Government of Fiji.

The Foreign Minister is in the country to hold talks with his Fijian counterpart and other Government Ministers. He is also expected to meet with senior officials representing the private sector and regional and international organisations.

This is the opportunity for our annual foreign policy talks. We look at what we’re doing in the relationship and how we can expand the depth of our co-operations. Both the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister have been about expanding the relationship.

Mr McCully also met his Fijian counterpart Ratu Inoke Kubuabola and other Government ministers at the Grand Pacific Hotel last night for an annual Fiji and New Zealand Ministerial Cocktail reception.

New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Murray McCully with Fiji's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Ratu Inoke Kubuabola at the Grand Pacific Hotel last night. PHOTO: Fijian Government.
New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Murray McCully with Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Ratu Inoke Kubuabola at the Grand Pacific Hotel last night.
PHOTO: Fijian Government.

Mr McCully told local media that co-operation between Fiji and New Zealand had gone from strength to strength.

Of course we’ve seen cooperation grow immensely in areas of agriculture particularly the dairy sector and in relation to defence co-operation which we do together.

The New Zealand Foreign Minister said they are boosting their development relationship, and he plans to visit the Koronivia Agriculture Station where New Zealand is looking to support an upgrade to help promote Fiji’s agricultural sector.

He is expected to meet Employment Minister Semi Koroilavesau and Trade Minister Faiyaz Koya this morning before meeting representatives of the Opposition this afternoon.

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