26 Apr 2012

NZ Foreign Affairs Minister to visit Fiji

9:33 pm on 26 April 2012

New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully will visit Fiji next week as part of the Pacific Islands Forum Ministerial Contact Group.

Mr McCully says New Zealand as forum chair has placed high importance on the maintenance of dialogue and engagement with Fiji.

He has thanked the Fiji administration for agreeing to the visit, which comes as the Pacific Island nation moves towards an election process for polls promised for 2014, Radio New Zealand International reports.

Fiji was suspended from the forum three years ago after the interim regime reneged on a 2007 promise to hold elections.

Two years ago, a contact group visit was cancelled by the Fiji regime after it accused forum leaders of not being serious about a dialogue with Fiji.