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Fiji has joined the Non-Aligned Movement, Fijian leader Commodore Frank Bainimarama said last night.
This decision was made following a meeting with the undersecretary of the Department of Economic Development of the Abu Dhabi Government Mohammed Omar Abdulla in Abu Dhabi, reports Fiji Sun.
He said Fiji was now moving away from traditional partners like Australia and New Zealand.
“Fiji is now part of the Non-Aligned Movement and is focused on its Look North policy which involves developing relationships with countries outside the southern Pacific sphere,” Commodore Bainimarama said.
The movement is an intergovernmental organisation of states considering themselves not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc.
The movement was largely the brainchild of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, president of Egypt Gamal Abdul Nasser and Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito.
It was founded in Belgrade in 1961. As of 2009, it had 118 members and 17 observer countries.
The purpose of the organisation as stated in the Havana Declaration of 1979 is to ensure the national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and security of non-aligned countries in their struggle against imperialism, colonialism, neo-colonialism, racism.
Also all forms of foreign aggression, occupation, domination, interference or hegemony.
The movement now represents nearly two-third of the United Nations members and 55 per cent of the world population, particularly countries considered to be developing or parts of the third world.
Commodore Bainimarama is in Abu Dhabi for the inaugural Pacific Island-Arab League Summit entitled “Prospects for Cooperation between the Arab world and the Pacific Islands.”
Also present at the separate meeting with Abu Dubai on trade and investment was Attorney General and Minister for Trade and Investment Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Sebastien Delasnerie, the trade and investment promotion advisor of Abu Dubai.
It has been revealed that while discussing investment opportunities, Mr Abdullah agreed that Fiji as a regional administrative, economic and geographical hub must be given more international exposure.
Discussions also centered on the need to present detailed opportunities of investment and the need for a trade delegation. It was agreed that a follow up mission will be facilitated in the not too distant future.
Fiji was invited to the Arab League - Pacific Islands meeting with 13 other Pacific Island countries along with member countries of the Arab League.
This followed a visit to the Pacific region in February, by United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who was inspired by the unexplored opportunities that could be developed between the Arab world and the Pacific.
SOURCE: FIJI SUN/PACNEWS
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