Foreign minister in Fiji filling in

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs chaired the Joint Parliamentary Assembly of the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) in the Fijian capital Suva Monday, filling in for the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.

The Foreign Ministry reported that Rinkēvičs also met with the Republic of Fiji’s Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola “to confirm Latvia’s interest in developing bilateral relations.”

Since electing a democratic parliament in 2014, Fiji has carried out reforms in human rights and rule-of-law, financial governance and the economy, for which Latvia’s Foreign Minister praised its Government. EU-Fiji relations have resumed more active cooperation since the country’s transition to a democratic regulatory system.

Rinkēvičs also congratulated Fiji on being “a good model and a source of inspiration for the Pacific region as a whole,” adding that “the EU is interested in promoting an inclusive regional cooperation, especially in the field of climate change, migration and fisheries.”

Latvia has had diplomatic relations with Fiji since 2008.

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