Minister Hon. Ratu Inoke Kubuabola
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Fiji
(For immediate release)
Foreign Minister Kubuabola Officially opens Fiji’s Mission in Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa, 26 May - 6pm – Fiji’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, today formally opened Fiji’s mission in Addis Ababa.
The high-level opening ceremony was held at the Ellily Hotel in Addis Ababa in the presence of Ethiopian Government Officials, members of the Diplomatic Corps and invited guests. State Minister of Foreign Affairs Ato Regassa Kefale represented the Ethiopian Government.
In addressing the audience, Minister Kubuabola stated that he was honored and grateful for the Government of Ethiopia for its support in the setting up of Fiji’s Diplomatic representation in the country that would effectively service and forge partnerships in the region. Minister Kubuabola added that the Government of Fiji observes the principles of international law and respects State sovereignty and equality and abided by the principle of “Friends to All, Enemy to None.” Minister Kubuabola also informed the audience that Fiji, although small, punched well above its weight in the international arena. Minister Kubuabola stated as follows: “Republic of Fiji has gained international recognition in areas such as advocating strongly for Small Islands Developing States in the international arena, peacekeeping, the Chairing of the Group of 77 plus China, Presiding over the Executive Boards of UNDP, UNOPS, UNFPA, and leading the fight against climate change. Fiji is also currently contesting the Presidency of the 71st session of the UNGA”.
Minister Kubuabola stated that Ethiopia was strategically placed and is host to 116 diplomatic missions, regional and international organisations and that it was fitting for Fiji to be present in Ethiopia in order to reach to the rest of Africa.Minister Kubuabola later opened the Fiji Embassy together with Fiji’s First resident Ambassador to Ethiopia – Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga.
Minister Kubuabola earlier in the day met with State Minister for Political Affairs Ambassador Taye Atske-Selassie and discussed Fiji’s Foreign Policy, recent political developments in the region and tropical cyclone Winston rehabilitation efforts. Minister Kubuabola also utilised the opportunity to lobby for Fiji’s Presidency for 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Minister Kubuabola will tomorrow have a bilateral meeting with the African Union Chairperson – H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.