30 Oct 2014

US lifts sanctions on Fiji

3:23 pm on 30 October 2014

The United States is lifting sanctions on Fiji in light of the elections held last month, according to a U.S. State Department spokesperson.

The Wall Street Journal reports the US is lifting restrictions on financial assistance to the government and has also lifted certain foreign-policy based visa restrictions on leaders of the coup.

The spokesperson says they are also exploring opportunities to resume engagement with Fiji's military to include training and cooperation on issues of global concern.

Fiji's democratic government was overthrown by the country's military in 2006.

The U.S. along with New Zealand and Australia, demanded a return to democracy placing sanctions on Fiji's government until this occurred.