14 May 2013

Fiji regime denounces Canberra's reaction to diplomat refusal

9:41 pm on 14 May 2013

The Fiji regime says recent comments by Australia's Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, demonstrate Canberra's prescriptive and high-handed approach to Fiji.

Australian media have reported Mr Carr as saying Fiji is diminished by its refusal to accept Australia's new diplomatic envoy.

But in a statement, the acting Fiji Prime Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says that is gratuitous and unwarranted.

He says Fiji is exercising its sovereign right over the approval of a nominee of another country for a diplomatic mission.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says Canberra expects Fiji to say yes to everything Australia proposes and he says it is disappointing the Australian government refuses to engage constructively.