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Boost to bilateral relations

Nanise Loanakadavu
Thursday, April 18, 2013

RELATIONSHIPS between Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Fiji are expected to be boosted after representatives of the island nations formalised diplomatic ties at the Fiji Mission to the United Nations in New York early this week.

An Information Ministry statement said ambassador Peter Thomson signed a communiqué with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines permanent representative to the United Nations, Camillo Gonsalves.

It said the communiqué expressed the desire of the island nations to establish diplomatic relations guided by the principles of the UN Charter.

The statement said the countries would focus on equality among states, respect for national sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, non-interference in the internal affairs of other states and respect for international treaties.

The communiqué called for the promotion and strengthening of bonds of friendship, co-operation between the two countries in political, economic, cultural, humanitarian and other fields.

Following the formalisation ceremony, Mr Gonsalves and Mr Thomson held talks in areas of common interest, including work arising from their joint membership of the Group of 77 and China, the Alliance of Small Island States, the Non-Aligned Movement, and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States.