21 Sep 2016

Fiji to tweak foreign policy

3:34 pm on 21 September 2016

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has told the United Nations General Assembly that his country is re-evaluating its foreign relations.

Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama addressing the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly in New York in September 2016

Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama addressing the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly in New York in September 2016 Photo: Supplied

Mr Bainimarama said Fiji planned to align itself more closely with those countries that shared Fiji's values and principles.

He said this change of direction would not be sudden.

Mr Bainimarama, who took over the foreign affairs portfolio less than two weeks ago, said Fiji was certainly not in the business of making enemies.

"This includes above all adherence to international law and adherence to human rights and human dignity," he said.

Frank Bainimarama also said this meant pursuing a policy of resolving disputes by peaceful means and non-interference in each other's internal affairs.

He said he intended to steadily reform the foreign ministry and refine certain aspects of Fiji's foreign policy and to give it a new direction and a renewed sense of purpose.

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