26 Aug 2010

McCully meets with Fiji foreign minister

5:08 pm on 26 August 2010

New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister says he has met with his Fiji counterpart as part of ongoing diplomatic talks.

Murray McCully met with interim foreign minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola in Suva on Tuesday.

It was the first top level meeting between Ratu Inoke and a senior politician of a Pacific Islands Forum country since the forum's summit in Vanuatu earlier in August.

The meeting comes amid diplomatic tension between the countries over the Fiji military regime's insistence to stay in power until at least 2014.

Fiji has been suspended from the Commonwealth and the Pacific Islands Forum after reneging on earlier promises to restore democracy.

Mr McCully says Tuesday's meeting does not suggest that there are any breakthroughs between the countries.

The minister says they discussed issues which trouble Fiji, including the travel ban and other sanctions.

Mr McCully says he may meet again with Ratu Inoke at a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in September.