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Media Release

PM arrives for MSG, meets President

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama with New Caledonian Presiden

 

June 18, 2013: Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama arrived in New Caledonia last night ahead of the 19th Melanesian Spearhead Group Leaders Summit in Noumea, New Caledonia.

 

The head of the Fijian Government was met by the President of New Caledonia Harold Martin, vice – president Roch Wamytam and incoming chair Victor Tutugoro of the FLNKS at the Tontouta International Airport.

 

During his brief meeting with President Martin, the Fijian Prime Minister thanked the Government of New Caledonia for the welcome he received upon his arrival and said he looked forward to the MSG Summit, which concludes on Friday.

 

“I am pleased to inform your Excellency, that I am looking forward to the summit,” Commodore Bainimarama said.

 

“I am sure the agenda has been set out by the MSG Secretariat with meetings of the senior officials, and the foreign ministers. I am sure this will be a successful meeting.”

Commodore Bainimarama also wished the FLNKS every success during its term as chair. 

 

The welcome dinner for MSG leaders, which will be hosted by the New Caledonian Government, will be held tonight.

 

Prime Minister Bainimarama will also be guest at the celebration of ‘Melanesia Week’ – a weeklong celebration that will mark the culmination of the Silver Jubilee, celebrating 25 years of the establishment of the MSG in 1988.

 

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