Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
29 August 2012: Fiji and the Islamic Republic of Iran today formally established diplomatic relations after Fijian Minister for Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation Ratu Inoke Kubuabola signed a Memorandum of Understanding with his Iranian counterpart Dr.Ali Akbar Salehi in the Iranian capital Tehran.
This historic achievement is a culmination of close cooperation and dialogue between officials of the two governments and the signing further demonstrates the unwavering commitment between Fiji and one of the major economies of the Middle East.
At their meeting, Dr Salehi first welcomed Minister Kubuabola stating that Iran had long considered Fiji as a strategic ally amongst the Pacific Small Island Developing States and that the two countries had a lot to offer in terms of further exploring and enhancing economic and development cooperation,
Minister Kubuabola in responding added that Fiji looks forward to strengthening this important bilateral relations with a view to advancing areas of common interests to the two countries.
The signing between the two countries will enable economic relations and deepen collaboration in the fields of agriculture, economy, science, education, tourism and culture..
Under the MOU signed, the two parties will now appoint their non resident Ambassadors.
At the invitation of Minister Kubuabola, Dr. Salehi promised that he will visit Fiji as the earliest time possible.
The establishment of this diplomatic relations is consistent with Fiji’s Look North Plus Policy and Pillar 11 of the Peoples Charter on ‘Enhancing International Relations and Global Integration’. This MOU also comes at a very important juncture when Iran is assuming the role of Chair of the Non-Aligned Movement.
Currently, the diplomatic affairs of the two countries are being handled by their respective embassies in Wellington, New Zealand.
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