Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
18th November 2011, New York: The Kingdom of Bhutan and the Republic of Fiji formalised diplomatic relations at a ceremony in New York on 18th November, 2011.
The Permanent Representative of Bhutan to the United Nations, Ambassador Lhatu Wangchuk, and his Fiji counterpart, Ambassador Peter Thomson, signed a joint communiqué establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The communiqué expresses the desire of Bhutan and Fiji to promote and strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two Asia-Pacific nations. The communiqué affirms the relationship will be guided by the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations, the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, and other norms of international law, particularly those pertaining to the mutual respect for independence, sovereign equality, territorial integrity and non-interference in the domestic affairs of other States. The ceremony was attended by officials of the Permanent Missions of Bhutan and Fiji to the United Nations. Following the signing of the communiqué, the national representatives held discussions on areas of common interest to their two countries, including Fiji’s support at the United Nations for Bhutan’s work in promoting enhanced quality of life through its Gross National Happiness initiative.
(Photo caption: L-R: Counsellor Tobgay, Ambassador Wangchuk, Ambassador Thomson, Counsellor Daunivalu)
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