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Effort pays off

Ioane Burese
Saturday, December 22, 2012

FIJI'S High Commissioner in London Ratu Solo Mara's patient intercession on behalf of the Pacific Small Island Development States (PSIDS) paid off recently when the UK authorities convened the first ever PSIDS meeting of Pacific Heads of Missions in the UK.

On November 21, the High Commissioners of Fiji, PNG and Tonga in the UK were hosted to a three-hour meeting by the British Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hugo Swire and the Minister for Natural Environment and Fisheries, Richard Benyon MP.

The talks have been described as a frank and fruitful exchange of ideas and views and were undertaken with a view to lift the bilateral relations between the UK and the Pacific Island countries represented in the UK. This meeting was only made possible with the persistent representation High Commissioner Mara has been making to the Foreign Office in the past 12 months on the need for the UK to recognise the important role Pacific SIDS play in the region.

High Commissioner Mara was invited by the ministers at the meeting to brief them on the political dialogue and constitutional process currently undertaken in Fiji, and he concluded that what Fiji needed was the understanding and support of the British government in recognising our roadmap as a credible home-grown solution to our inherent political and economic challenges.





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