2 May 2007

Members of Fiji's interim administration to be invited to talks in U.S

1:31 pm on 2 May 2007

Members of Fiji's interim administration are to be invited to attend a Pacific Island Conference of Leaders next week in the United States.

The U.S. secretary of state, Condoleeza Rice, will meet with Pacific leaders at the conference in Washington which is being organised by the East-West centre in Hawaii.

A statement from the U.S. embassy in Suva says the meeting will discuss the importance of good governance, the rule of law and how to help Fiji return to democracy.

The interim prime minister and coup leader, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, hasn't been invited but the U.S.ambassador in Suva, Larry Dinger, says others in the interim regime will be.

"The process is still in the works but I understand that the Conference of Leaders is going to issue invitations, not at the interim prime minister level but at a somewhat lower level."

Mr Dinger would not disclose who the invitation would be extended to.

The Solomon Islands is sending its deputy prime minister, minister of foreign affairs and planning minister to the conference.