2 May 2007

Fiji on agenda of Pacific Island leaders meeting in Washington DC next week

10:49 am on 2 May 2007

Fiji will be on the agenda of a meeting of Pacific Island leaders in Washington DC next week.

A statement from the United States Embassy in Suva said the meeting will discuss the importance of good governance and the rule of law in the region and how to help Fiji return to democracy.

The US has been vocal in calling for the return to democracy in Fiji following the overthrow of the government by the military last December.

Interim Prime Minister and army commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama has not been invited to the Pacific Island Conference of Leaders in Washington.

This special gathering takes place every three years under the auspices of the Honolulu-based East-West Centre and provides Pacific leaders a forum to discuss opportunities and challenges facing the region.

US Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice will meet with the leaders to discuss how the US and the Pacific can work together to promote closer political, economic and cultural ties.

The conference is also expected to provide a forum for senior U.S Government officials to discuss regional and global issues with the leaders.