LAST_UPDATEMon, 25 Jun 2018 3pm

Fiji Continues With "Friends To All, Enemies To None" Policy

Fiji will continue building on its foreign policy of "friends to all and enemies to none" next year to enhance international relations, Xinhua news agency reports the government announcing on Monday.

Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola told foreign diplomats at a year-end reception in Suva recently that he looked forward to working in close cooperation and partnership with foreign envoys.

Kubuabola said while his ministry had gone through some challenging times this year, there were more satisfying accomplishments along the way.

"Working closely with all of you on bilateral, multilateral and regional levels ensured that our goals and objectives were fulfilled," he was quoted as saying by the Department of Information.

Kubuabola thanked all the diplomats for "being a true friend of Fiji" both during and after the country's general election in September.

"Despite a few tough challenges, Fiji continues to be assigned with international obligations by those who believe in us," he said.

On the country's notable achievements in the international arena, Kubuabola said Fiji had established 17 formal diplomatic relations this year.

"Fiji opened a permanent mission to the United Nations in Geneva and a consulate general office in Shanghai. We now have formalised diplomatic relations with 168 countries," he said.

Kubuabola added Fiji's representation in international climate change bodies in Lima, Peru last week was indicative of the country's contribution in the global arena.