5 Jul 2007

US delegation to hold talks with Fiji interim administration

9:35 am on 5 July 2007

A visiting four-member delegation from the United States Congress will hold talks with Fiji's interim administration this weekend.

Fiji TV reports that members of the House of Representatives Democracy Commission are charged with promoting responsive, effective governments and strengthening democratic institutions in emerging countries.

The interim prime minister, Commodore Bainimarama, and the interim minister for foreign affairs, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, are expected to hold talks with the delegation on Sunday.

The congressmen, comprising both Republicans and Democrats, will also meet former Fiji parliamentarians.

A statement from the US embassy in Suva says the objective of the visit is to explore ways in which the US Congress can help Fiji return to a positive and democratic future.

The team will be led by Congressman Donald Payne, a Democrat, from New Jersey.