6 - 17 November 2017  

     Government of the Republic of Fiji

  Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service


Media Release

Minister Kubuabola thank EU, British and French governments for assistance

Fiji's Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola thanked the EU, the British and French Governments for their assistance towards the rehabilitation work post Tropical Cyclone Winston.


Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola  had a briefing session with the Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to the Pacific, Ambassador Andrew Jacobs, British High Commissioner to Fiji, H.E. Roderick Drummond and French Ambassador to Fiji, H.E. Michel Djokovic.


The delegation informed Minister Kubuabola of their appreciation on the coordination of the relief efforts post Cyclone-Winston. The delegation were impressed with the level of coordination by National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) as well with the relief staff at various centers. The delegation were looking forward to the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) meet in a few weeks where they hope to make further pledges of commitment towards relief efforts. 


Minister Kubuabola advised them of Fiji’s initiatives with the ratification of the Paris Agreement post - 21st Conference of Parties. Minisiter Kubuabola said that Prime Minister Bainimarama would be travelling to New York to participate at the High Level signing ceremony. Minister Kubuabola and the delegation expressed confidence that more countries in the region would soon come on-board.


Ambassador Jacob expressed the EU's commitment to Fiji and the Pacific. Ambassador Jacob again reiterated the EU’s commitment to Fiji’s agriculture and judicial sectors. Ambassador Jacob also advised that the EU office in Suva will shortly be increasing its staffing in Fiji. Ambassador Jacob also advised Minister Kubuabola on the upcoming Fiji-EU Political dialogue that will be held in Brussels towards the later part of the year.


Minister Kubuabola advised the delegation on progress with the Oceans Summit scheduled for the 5th to 9th of June 2017 which is being co-sponsored by Sweden. Minister Kubuabola was also pleased to advise that the current Ambassador at Large, Ambassador Amena Yauvoli, is the newly appointed Director General for the Melanesian Spearhead Group.   

There was also discussion on the regional architecture as well as Fiji’s bid for Presidency of the United Nations General Assembly 71.  


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PHOTO CAPTION: French Ambassador to Fiji, H.E. Michel Djokovic, Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to the Pacific, Ambassador Andrew Jacobs, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Ratu Inoke Kubuabola and British High Commissioner to Fiji, H.E. Roderick Drummond