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Media Release

Minister Kubuabola officially opens Fiji mission in Addis Ababa

 

Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola  officially opened Fiji’s mission in Addis Ababa.

The opening ceremony was held at the Ellily Hotel in Addis Ababa in the presence of Ethiopian Government Officials, members of the Diplomatic Corps and invited guests.

 

State Minister of Foreign Affairs Ato Regassa Kefale represented the Ethiopian Government. 

 

Minister Kubuabola said that he was honoured and grateful to the Government of Ethiopia for its support in the setting up of Fiji’s Diplomatic representation in the country which would effectively service and forge partnerships in the region.

 

Minister Kubuabola added that the Fijian government observed the principles of international law and respects State sovereignty and equality, abided by the principle of   “Friend to All, Enemy to None.”

 

“Fiji has gained international recognition in areas such as advocating strongly for Small Islands Developing States in the international arena, peacekeeping, the Chairing of the Group of 77 plus China, Presiding over the Executive Boards of UNDP, UNOPS, UNFPA, and leading the fight against climate change, Minister Kubuabola said.

 

“Fiji is also currently contesting the Presidency of the 71st session of the UNGA”.

 

Minister Kubuabola also stated that Ethiopia was strategically placed and is host to 116 diplomatic missions, regional and international organisations and that it was fitting for Fiji to be present in Ethiopia in order to reach to the rest of Africa.

 

Minister Kubuabola earlier in the day met with State Minister for Political Affairs Ambassador Taye Atske-Selassie and discussed Fiji’s Foreign Policy, recent political developments in the region and tropical cyclone Winston rehabilitation efforts and also utilised the opportunity to lobby for Fiji’s Presidency for 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly.

 

The Foreign Minister is expected to have a bilateral meeting with the African Union Chairperson – H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

 

Minister Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola with State Minister of Foreign Affairs Ato Regassa Kefale representing the Ethiopian Government