Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister for Foreign Affairs Inia Seruiratu met in Suva and renewed their commitment to strengthen the friendship and partnership between Fiji and New Zealand, building on our common historical, cultural, political and people-to-people links.

The Ministers agreed it was time to take the Fiji-New Zealand relationship to a new level based on common interests, shared prosperity and security that binds us together. New Zealand is committed to the establishment of two new positions in its High Commission in Suva to boost the heightened engagements anticipated as a result of these renewed relations.

Fiji acknowledges New Zealand’s ‘Pacific Reset’ and the shift in its engagement with the Pacific to a relationship built on values and equal partnerships. New Zealand is allocating new resources for development assistance in order to leverage new opportunities, address common challenges and strengthen New Zealand’s relations with Fiji and the region.

In demonstration of the commitment to this reinvigorated relations, the Ministers agreed to hold more regular high level engagements. Fiji and

New Zealand are committed to the convening of joint ministerial consultations to consolidate relations further and effectively progress issues.

The meeting will be complemented by regular multi-agency officials’ level talks.

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