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Media Release

H.E. Ratu Inoke Kubuabola meets Honourable Winston Dookeran, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago

H.E. Ratu Inoke Kubuabola meets Honourable Winston Dookeran Minister of Foreign Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago27 September 2012, New York: Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ratu Inoke Kubuabola met this morning with the Honourable Winston Dookeran, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago to discuss bilateral matters. Minister Kubuabola briefed Minister Dookeran on progress made towards sustainable democracy in Fiji, and mentioned the positive momentum in engagement with various members of the international community including the Commonwealth Secretariat and regional partners in this regard.

Minister Dookeran responded saying that he was very encouraged to hear of the positive developments, having been appraised of Fiji’s situation earlier.

Ministers also discussed Fiji’s likely chairmanship of the G77 in 2013, and Trinidad and Tobago’s interest in chairing the G77 for 2014. The Ministers agreed that the two missions could work together on G77 issues. Although Fiji and Trinidad and Tobago have cooperated closely over the years through institutions such as the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), the two countries have not formalised bilateral diplomatic relations. The Ministers agreed that the two countries should work towards this, and the Permanent Representatives were charged with working out the modalities to do so.