16 May 2009

France-Oceania summit set for July in New Caledonia

10:57 am on 16 May 2009

The third "France-Oceania" summit between France's President and the Pacific Islands Forum leaders has been scheduled to take place in Noumea in New Caledonia on July 31st.

The news service, Oceania Flash, reports it will be Nicolas Sarkozy's first trip to the Pacific region since his election to the Presidency two years ago.

Mr Sarkozy will spend three days in New Caledonia and two days in Australia.

The France-Oceania summit will focus on strengthening ties between France, its three Pacific territories, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna and the Pacific Islands Forum.

It is not known whether Fiji will be invited to the summit.

Earlier this week Japan announced that the leadership of the Fiji regime had not been invited to its meeting with Pacific Islands Forum leaders next week in Hokkaido.