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Media Release

Kazakhstan and Fiji Establish Diplomatic Relations

Kazakhstan_Fiji6th June, 2012: The Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Fiji formalised diplomatic relations at a ceremony at the Kazakhstan Mission to the United Nations in New York today.  The Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the United Nations, Ambassador Byrganym Aitimova, and her Fiji counterpart, Ambassador Peter Thomson, signed a joint communiqué establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The communiqué expresses the desire of Kazakhstan and Fiji to promote mutual understanding and to strengthen friendship and cooperation among their two peoples.  It affirms the relationship will be guided by the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations and other norms of international law, particularly those pertaining to the promotion of international peace and security, equality among States, territorial integrity, and non-interference in the internal affairs of other States.

Following the signing of the communiqué, the Ambassadors discussed the strengthening of relations between the two nations.  Ambassador Aitimoya paid tribute to Fiji’s long service to the international community in the form of UN Peacekeeping. Ambassador Thomson gave assurances of close cooperation in their common membership of the Asia-Pacific Group and other organs of the United Nations.

(Photo caption:Left to right: Ambassador Aitimova and Ambassador Thomson at the ceremony to formalise diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and Fiji in New York today.)