28 Jun 2010

Fiji to pursue relations with Arab countries

6:21 am on 28 June 2010

Fiji will develop and pursue relations with Arab countries after a meetings with members of the Arab League in Abu Dhabi.

The interim Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama says Fiji has been present in the Arab region since 1978, through its peacekeeping troops.

Despite this presence, he says Fiji did not develop or pursue formal political, economic and cultural relations with the Arab countries.

Fiji Broadcasting says he told the meeting that Fiji has now taken steps to join the Non-Aligned Movement and does not want to fall into predetermined political spheres of influence or have predetermined alignments.