Fiji will continue to support the work and the vision of the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States.
This assurance of solidarity and support was made yesterday by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Security, Inia Seruiratu, when making a courtesy call to the ACP Secretary General, Dr Patrick Gomes, the ACP Secretariat in Brussels.
This is the first time that the two leaders are formally meeting since Seruiratu took on the role of Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Like his predecessors, this meeting was an opportunity for Seruiratu to reassure the ACP that Fiji remains committed to the ACP family, the work that it carries out, and its main objective in the sustainable development of ACP member States and its citizens.
During their discussions, Seruiratu thanked Dr Gomes for the support that the ACP family has made, not just for Fiji but also for other Pacific island nations. Seruiratu also highlighted that the ACP has played an important role in bringing to the attention of the international community the impact of climate change in the Pacific region.
In response, Dr Gomes congratulated Minister Seruiratu on his appointment as Fiji’s Foreign Minister and welcomed him to Brussels and to the ACP Secretariat. He also conveyed the ACP’s own appreciation for Fiji’s support adding that he looked forward to Fiji’s contribution to the mandate of the ACP.
Seruiratu is in Brussels this week, leading a delegation to the 2019 ACP Council of Ministers meeting.