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New Zealand foreign Minister Winston Peters will visit Fiji later this month.
This was announced by New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji, Jonathan Curr in Suva Tuesday during the anniversary of the signing of The Treaty of Waitangi, in 1840.
“Later this month will see New Zealand deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters visit Fiji. This is just the start of a busy year as we work together to further deepen our relationship. And it is not the only high-level visit we are expecting this year!
“We also enjoy deep and long-standing economic and political links. Fiji is New Zealand’s largest trading partner in the region – two-way trade is worth a billion dollars – and New Zealand is Fiji’s second largest source of tourists,” he said.
High Commissioner Curr also said the well-being of the peoples of the Pacific also drives New Zealand foreign policy and development agenda.
“New Zealand is united with Pacific countries on the need to urgently address climate change. As Prime Minister Ardern has put it, this is the defining issue of our generation. It’s why we proudly stood with Fiji as it took on the presidency of the COP23 climate change negotiations. It’s a stand we continue to take with Fiji and others – the journey has only just begun.
“We are enriched by our Pasifika diaspora communities, which have shaped our identity as a Pacific nation, and are like an umbilical cord connecting us with the proud countries of the region. This includes Fiji, and the diverse population of some 25,000 Fijians, who have made Aotearoa New Zealand their home away from home”.
While governments and diplomats are formally charged with furthering the relationship between countries, it is the close bonds between all Kiwis and Fijians that make what we have truly special, he said.
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