New Zealand to boost diplomatic relations with Fiji

09:15, January 12, 2010      

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The New Zealand government was making efforts to improve diplomatic relations with Fiji.

The two governments have agreed to an additional Counsellor position being established for Fiji in Wellington, and for New Zealand in Suva.

New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully said on Tuesday the decision followed his talks with his Fiji counterpart Ratu Inoke Kubuabla in the Fiji resort town of Nadi last week, Radio New Zealand International reported on Tuesday.

A number of issues of bilateral interest to both countries were discussed in a positive and constructive atmosphere, he said.

The face-to-face meeting followed communications between the two ministers over recent months.

The two agreed to keep in close contact and to meet as necessary in future.

The announcement came two months after Fiji expelled New Zealand 's top diplomat Todd Cleaver from the country.

It was the third such expulsion since military commander Frank Bainimarama took over the Pacific island country of Fiji in 2006 and was in retaliation for a travel ban imposed by the New Zealand government on Fiji's officials.

Source: Xinhua
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