15 Jul 2010

Fiji invites Pacific leaders to new meeting replacing scuttled MSG summit

1:42 pm on 15 July 2010

Fiji's interim Prime Minister is inviting Pacific Island leaders to an 'Engaging Fiji' meeting.

It follows the cancellation of a summit of Melanesian leaders which Fiji was to host and chair.

Jo O'Brien reports

"Fiji's Ministry of Information says the Engaging Fiji meeting will be held in Natadola from July 22 to 23. The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola says many Pacific leaders have indicated their willingness to support Fiji's roadmap towards democracy and sustainable development. He says the Fiji government is keen to discuss these issues with leaders, but it expects a good reception as it has been open and transparent about what it's doing to take the country forward. The meeting comes after the Melanesian Spearhead Group summit was called off, and Australia's acting high commissioner to Fiji was expelled in apparent retaliation. It is not yet known which countries have been invited or have accepted invitations to the meeting."