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Media Release

Republics of Benin and Fiji Establish Diplomatic Relations

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The Republic of Benin and the Republic of Fiji formalised diplomatic relations at a ceremony at the Fiji Mission to the United Nations in New York on Friday, 16th September 2011. The Permanent Representative of Benin to the United Nations, Ambassador Jean-Francis Zinsou and his Fiji counterpart, Ambassador Peter Thomson, signed a joint communiqué establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries.
 
The communiqué expresses the desire of the Republics of Fiji and Benin to promote mutual understanding and strengthen ties of friendship and cooperation between their countries.  The communiqué affirms the relationship will be guided by the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations and other norms of international law, particularly those pertaining to the promotion of international peace and security, a respect for national sovereignty, equality among States, independence, territorial integrity, international treaties and non-interference in the internal affairs of States.

Following the formalisation ceremonies, attended by officials of the Permanent Missions of Benin and Fiji to the United Nations, the Ambassadors held discussions on areas of common interest of their two countries, with a view to greater cooperation in the future.

(Photo caption:Ambassadors Zinsou and Thomson Formalisation of Benin-Fiji Diplomatic Relations ceremony, New York, 16 Sept 2011)