24 Dec 2009

Fiji leader welcomes NZ rapprochement move

3:55 pm on 24 December 2009

The leader of Fiji's interim government has told an ethnic radio station in Auckland it's good news that New Zealand Prime Minister John Key wants renewed engagement.

Mr Key this week told Radio Tarana he's in the process of writing to Commodore Frank Bainimarama to try to engage him in dialogue.

Commodore Bainimarama told the station he's encouraged by the change of stance.

"We would like to continue dialogue with the New Zealand and Australian governments, and the commitment that is now being made by the prime minister of New Zealand John Key is an excellent one."

Last month Fiji expelled New Zealand's top diplomat in Suva. He was the third head of mission to be made to leave Fiji in three years.

Commodore Bainimarama says the return of high commmissioners to Fiji and New Zealand would be part of relations becoming normal between the two countries.