Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
28th September 2012: This morning the newly appointed Ambassador for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)to Fiji H.E. Ri Jong Ryul called on the Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation Mrs. Saipora Mataikabara at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation.
In welcoming Ambassador Ryul Mrs. Mataikabara acknowledged the growing relations between the two countries as evidenced by the recent exchange of high level visitssuch as in early June this year of a three-member delegation from DPRK led by Mr. Kim Myong Gil Director General of Asia and Oceanic Countries at the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the signing by thethe Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola of a Memorandum of Understanding with his counterpart from the DPRK, Mr. Park Ui Chun on the margins of the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Tehran, Iran.
Mrs. Mataikabara said, “Fiji appreciates the growing relations between the two countries and looks forward to closer cooperation with the DPRK in areas of mutual interest. The Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the two countries should now look to operationalizing the MOU that has been signed.”
Mrs. Mataikabara also explained Fiji’s Road Map for Democracy noting in particular the positive support Fiji has received from the international community as we move towards elections in 2014.
In his response Ambassador Ryul said he is overwhelmed by the developments taking place in Fiji and will convey to his capital the positive news regarding Fiji’s Road Map to Democracy.
He also highlighted possible areas of cooperation between the two countries such as in politics and cultural exchange. He said the two countries should now step up their exchange of views and delegations that will contribute to Government to Government and People to People Relations.
Fiji established diplomatic relations with the DPRK on 14th April 1975.
Fiji’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China Mr. Esala Teleni is Fiji’s first non-resident ambassador to the DPRK following the presentation of his credentials to the President of the Supreme People’s Assembly Kim Yong Nam during his visit there from 20 to 24 August 2012.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs P. O. Box 2220 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji