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Media Release

Fijian Foreign Affairs Minister Meets with Luxembourg Counterpart

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20th May, 2012: Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, met the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, H.E. Jean Asselborn on Friday May 18. Mr. Kubuabola said that the outcome of the meeting was very positive and encouraging.
“Today’s meeting was another step towards advancing our diplomatic relations with the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and this is very encouraging for Fiji,” said Mr. Kubuabola.
Mr. Kubuabola thanked the Government of Luxembourg for the financial assistance it provided Fiji earlier this year for our peacekeepers in Iraq.
Mr. Kubuabola also thanked H.E. Asselborn for his Government’s keen interest in the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) and its continuing support towards the Group.
“Fiji, as current Chair of the MSG, acknowledges with gratitude your Government’s continuous support towards the work of MSG,” said Mr. Kubuabola.
Mr. Kubuabola re-affirmed Fiji’s support to Luxembourg’s candidature for the United Nations Security Council, the elections of which will be held at the United Nations General Assembly this year.
At this meeting, Mr. Kubuabola also delved on Fiji's political development, its pro-engagement policy and the increasing international support towards its Roadmap.
“Over the years, Fiji has become a stronger sovereign nation. Through the expansion of Fiji’s foreign relations including the 'Look North Policy' we have established diplomatic relations with 126 countries, 43 of which were formalized from 2007 onwards,” said Mr. Kubuabola.
Encouragingly, we have had visits from the Commonwealth Deputy Secretary General and a Needs Assessment Mission from the UN. Other nations that have empathized with our cause and have expressed support include Russia, Cuba, Qatar.
In response, H.E. Asselborn broadly discussed the economic and financial challenges in the EURO ZONE and the far-reaching implications they can have on other parts of the world. He emphasized that Europe will continue to play a key role in the global economy.
H.E Asselborn also thanked Mr. Kubuabola for the visit and was thankful for the encouraging update on Fiji’s political and economic development.
He wished the country well in its preparations towards the 2014 elections and hoped that the two countries will continue to build their relations in addressing issues of mutual interest to the two countries.