16 Dec 2003

French Polynesian and Tongan governments explore cooperation

4:57 pm on 16 December 2003

The heads of government of French Polynesia and Tonga have agreed to seek a study on the possibility to have an aviation arrangement between the two countries that could include the Cook Islands.

The Tahitipresse news agency says this follows a meeting in Paris between Gaston Flosse and his Tongan counterpart, Prince Ulakalala Lavaka'ata.

Mr Flosse told the agency that Tonga's Boeing 757 already flies to Australia, New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Fiji and Wallis and Futuna.

He also says Tonga has an interesting fishing procedure as it only allows foreign vessels in its waters if it is a joint venture that employs locals.