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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.


Newsline: Taiwan offers an official apology to Fiji

Taiwan apologized to Frances Ligalevu, Fiji’s representative to Taiwan, over a case of alleged sexual misconduct by a Taiwanese diplomat toward a Fijian female employee. James Tien, director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said he had met Ligalevu and apologized on behalf of the ministry. Leon Liu, First Secretary of the Trade Mission of the Republic of China in the Republic of the Fiji Islands, who confessed in writing to sexually harassing an employee on two occasions, was given two demerits by the ministry and ordered to return home by Thursday next week. “I hope Frances Ligalevu will convey our apology to her government and people. This should be regarded as an isolated case as we [the mission] have been there for a long time and nothing like this has ever happened before,” Tien said. Ligalevu said this was an isolated case and she was aware that Liu had settled the case by paying a settlement to the female employee, Tien said. Representative to Fiji Victor Chin, who is alleged to have had an affair with a Japanese employee at the Japanese embassy in Fiji and using public funds to pay for dates, yesterday returned to Fiji to explain the case to the Fijian government. Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Gao Jyh-peng accused Chin of using public funds to buy the Japanese employee a pearl necklace, which Chin denied, claiming it was a gift from Fijian politicians. Gao sued Chin for corruption and forgery.