4 Oct 2007

Italy confirms rejection of Bainimarama's visa application

6:57 pm on 4 October 2007

Italy has now confirmed that it refused a visa request from Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

An Italian diplomat in Canberra, Robert Mengoni, says the visa application, which was made last month, was rejected in accordance with the European position regarding the Fiji coup.

Commodore Bainimarama was reportedly seeking to go to Rome to visit the headquarters of the Multinational Observers Force.

He has just been to New York where he addressed the UN General Assembly on his first trip overseas since he ousted the government last December.

Commodore Bainimarama is expected to represent Fiji at the Pacific Islands Forum summit in Tonga in two weeks.