The Commonwealth has fully suspended Fiji after it refused to bow to demands to call elections by next year.
The Secretary General cited Fiji's lack of progress towards democracy.
Fiji's interim prime minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama has said elections can only be reinstated in 2014, as part of his "roadmap".
The Commonwealth said it had demanded that Fiji commit, by September 1, to rejoining negotiations with the opposition and to holding credible elections by October 2010.
The Commonwealth's Deputy Secretary General, Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba, says the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group decided that it was time for them to demonstrate their concern.
But she says the suspension comes with a parallel commitment to continue to engage with Fiji.
"We are encouraged by the invitation that the Commodore Bainimarama has extended to the Commonwealth through the representative of the Secretary General Sir Paul Reeves, we will be visiting Fiji in a couple of weeks time to continue to dialogue with the country about how best to make progress."
The Commonwealth's Deputy Secretary General, Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba.