22 Jul 2011

French senators complete first official visit to Tonga since 1855 Treaty

3:23 pm on 22 July 2011

Six French Senators have comleted a tour of Tonga, the first such parliamentary visit since the two countries signed a Friendship Treaty signed in 1855.

The delegation was led by Senator Jean-Pierre Demerliat and represented a range of political parties.

He says Tonga's a rare and unique country because it has not been colonised.

The Senator says they wanted to see first-hand the local institutions, its economic activities, how society works, and gain a better understanding of Tonga's plans and aspirations.