AUSTRALIAN Foreign Minister Julie Bishop hopes to normalise relations with Fiji.
And she has again stood up for Fiji saying they want to move on "from the era" set by the Kevin Rudd government.
"Fiji is in the process of holding elections, they have yet to nominate a date but I expect that to be done sometime in 2014," Mrs Bishop told ABC Online.
"But in the meantime, we want to work together to ensure that Australia and Fiji can work together to normalise relations so that the once very close relations between our two countries can continue."
When contacted yesterday, the Fiji Government preferred not to comment on the matter.
"There will be no further comment on this from government," Information permanent secretary Sharon Smith-Johns said.
Mrs Bishop, who just this week met with Fiji's Minister for Foreign Affairs Jone Kubuabola, said she was hopeful ties between the two countries would be restored after the talks.
"We want to move on from the era that was set under the former Labor government.
"We discussed a whole range of issues regarding our bilateral relationship and we are both determined for Australia and Fiji to normalise relations," she told the online news agency.
She said there was willingness on both sides to find a solution and establish diplomatic representation in both counties as soon as possible.
"Fiji is an important nation in the Pacific and has been an important part of Australia in many ways and we want to move on from the error that was set by the Labor government.
"We want to normalise our relations with Fiji in military, economic, trade, investment — a whole range of areas where we believe Australia and Fiji can be natural partners."