Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
28th August 2012: Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola arrives today for the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Ministerial Meeting and the Leaders Summit being held in Tehran, Iran from 26-31st August 2012. The meeting is attended by 42 Heads of States and Governments and 25 Foreign Ministers. The meetings will discuss issues which were underlined in Sharm El Sheikh in May 2012 by the Ministerial meeting of the NAM Coordinating Bureau, particularly on issues pertaining to global and regional politics, development, social and human rights. At today’s opening of the Ministerial meeting, a number of countries including the Chair and Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic Dr. Ali Akbar Salehi of Iran, congratulated Fiji on becoming its 120th member. Fiji’s membership was approved at the 15th NAM Ministerial Meeting in Bali in 2010. “Fiji’s participation at the meeting is a clear indication of the emphasis that Fiji places on its membership and on the work of the Movement. It also exemplifies Government’s commitment towards Fiji’s Look North Policy and its endorsement of the fundamental principles of the Movement based on the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity”, said Mr. Kubuabola. Minister Kubuabola will deliver Fiji’s national address on Thursday on behalf of Prime Minister Bainimarama in which he will update the Leaders on the implementation of Fiji’s Roadmap, particularly the progress in the Constitution-making process, the Electronic Voter Registration and other ongoing reforms in preparation for the 2014 General Elections. Minister Kubuabola will be in Tehran until Friday, 31st August 2012.
(Photo caption: Chair & Iran Foreign Minister Dr Ali Akbar Salehi (sitting 3rd from right))
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