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Newsline: Pacific islands tap Taiwan ally Nauru for next top diplomat

The top Pacific islands diplomatic post will pass to Taiwan ally Nauru next year, the 18-member regional bloc agreed Friday, as it resolved to face climate change and superpower rivalry as a united “family”. The Pacific Islands Forum, meeting in Fiji, also said it would hold more talks with Japanese scientists and the International Atomic Energy Agency over Japan’s plan to release treated water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea. The Cook Islands took over from Fiji as forum chairman, and the meeting agreed that Nauru’s former president Baron Waqa would become the bloc’s secretary general in 2024. Nauru has diplomatic ties with Taiwan and not China, and Waqa has previously clashed with Chinese diplomats. Asked about China at a press conference, Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown said restoring economic prosperity was important for island states facing increased debt.https://neuters.de/world/asia-pacific/pacific-islands-tap-taiwan-ally-nauru-next-top-diplomat-2023-02-24/) China last year tried but failed to strike a trade and security deal with 10 forum members who hold diplomatic ties with Beijing, and says forging security cooperation with the Pacific islands is a priority for its Global Security Initiative. Four of Taiwan’s 14 diplomatic allies are forum members.

Newsline: Fiji opens embassy in Geneva

Fiji’s Embassy in Geneva is officially opened today by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. The newly established missions will handle international obligations under the United Nations which Fiji is a signatory to. Forein Affairs Permanent Secretary Amena Yauvoli says this is also in line with the government policy to enhance relationship and cooperation with other countries. ‘Initially right now the office is mandated to look at about more than thirty organizations based in Geneva apart from being accredited the confederation of Switzerland which is the host government ’ Nazhat Shameem, Fiji’s Permanent Representative is already in Geneva.


Newsline: Fiji prepares to open embassy in Geneva

Fiji is ready to open its new Embassy in Geneva, Switzerland, in March next year. This was revealed by Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Amena Yauvoli. PACNEWS reports $2.5 million has been allocated for the new mission. Yauvoli says they are hoping to have the opening done by the Prime Minister in March.


Newsline: Fijian Ambassador Accused of Pooch Theft

The Fijian ambassador to Korea and his wife have been booked on charges of stealing dogs. Yongsan police said that the ambassador and his wife are accused of running off with a Shih Tzu and a Pekingese in February this year after the owner of a bar in Itaewon handed them over for the couple to hold while he closed the venue. Based on the bar owner’s account and surveillance camera footage, police summoned the ambassador and his wife for questioning last week. But the two did not turn up. “The ambassador and his wife deny the accusation claiming they thought the bar owner had given the dogs to them,” a police investigator said. Police have now retrieved the animals and returned them to their owner. Police say another summons will be sent to the couple later this month. If they ignore it again, police intend to hand the case over to prosecutors. The couple are not expected to face criminal penalties because they enjoy diplomatic immunity.


Newsline: Brazil to open embassy in Fiji

Brazil will be opening its new embassy in Fiji early next year. Brazilian Under Secretary General of Political Affairs, Ministry of External Trade, Ambassador Maria Reis confirmed this while paying a courtesy call on Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Amena Yauvoli. Yauvoli said the new initiative would deepen political, economic and developmental cooperation between the two countries considering that Brazil is one of the strong members of developing countries of the Group of 77 and China. Fiji has an embassy in Brasilia the capital of Brazil.


Newsline: Fiji establishes embassy in UAE

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will inaugurate the embassy in Abu Dhabi, this Sunday. Bainimarama hopes Fiji’s new diplomatic ties with the UAE will boost the agriculture sector, as well as provide a gateway to the Middle East. About 227 Fijians are living in the UAE and most of them are working in the aviation and health sectors.


Newsline: Fiji PM to open embassy in Abu Dhabi

Newsline: Fiji PM to open embassy in Abu DhabiPrime Minister Voreqe Bainimara will be opening Fiji’s new embassy in Abu Dhabi at the end of this month. For this reason – he will not be attending the Non-Alligned Movement (NAM) Leaders Summit in Tehran, Iran. Fiji’s Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola will lead Fiji’s delegation to the NAM summit on the 30th and 31st of this month. The new embassy is expected to boost economic activity between the two countries.


Newsline: Fiji to open new embassy in Seoul

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has left for Korea and will open Fiji’s embassy in Seoul. Bainimarama says Fiji has long been friends with Korea through the diplomatic ties and trade relations – adding the opening of the new embassy is another turning stone. He is accompanied by senior government officials – including Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.


Newsline: Fiji to open embassy in UAE

Fiji is to open an embassy in the United Arab Emirates in August. The interim foreign minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, is in Abu Dhabi to identify suitable locations for the chancery and residences for the diplomats. Ratu Inoke says opening an embassy reflects the government’s wish to expand its relations beyond its traditional partners.


Newsline: Fiji PM opens embassy in Brazil

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama opened Fiji’s first ever mission in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. While opening the new embassy the Prime Minister said that international co-operation and engagement is critical to achieving global understanding and peace and should not only be confined to nations close to Fiji. He added that enhancing more global integration providesFijiwith more scope to address issues such as climate change and peacekeeping. In the past year, Fiji has opened up resident missions in Indonesia and South Africa. Fiji’s new ambassador to Brazil will be former Permanent Secretary of the Transport Ministry, Cama Tuiloma.