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   Government of the Republic of Fiji

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Media Release

Fijian Foreign Minister farewells Australian Acting Head of Mission

4th November 2014

Foreign Affairs Minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, today hosted a lunch for the Diplomatic Core to farewell the Australian High Commission's Charge d’ Affaires, Mr Glenn Miles.

Mr Miles is returning to Canberra this week after spending almost three years as acting Head of Mission at the Australian High Commission in Fiji.

In farewelling Acting Head of Mission, the Fijian Foreign Minister pointed out that the high point of his tenure was the successful visit to Fiji last week of Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and the normalisation of relations between Fiji and Australia. 

Ratu Inoke commended him for facilitating the first bilateral visit by an Australian Foreign Minister since 2008 and the first visit to Fiji by a Foreign Minister since the election. He said Glenn was instrumental in moving 'Canberra closer to Suva'.

For his part, Mr Miles said he had enjoyed his time in Fiji. He attributed the positive re-engagement to the close working relations between Ratu Inoke and his Australian counterpart, Ms Bishop. He also indicated that a lot of positive outcomes had been achieved since he took up his posting in January, 2012. He and his family are leaving Fiji with many good memories and lasting friendship.

Last week, Australia announced that Ms Margaret Twomey will be its new High Commissioner to Fiji.

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