27 Jul 2012

Travel ban lifted on Fijian foreign minister

4:30 pm on 27 July 2012

The Government has lifted the travel ban on a key Fiji regime member, allowing interim foreign minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola into New Zealand.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Ratu Inoke was due fly to Auckland on Friday before travelling to Australia for talks next week with his Australian and New Zealand counterparts.

Last week, he held talks in Suva with visiting New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully.

Next Monday's Sydney meeting will reportedly assess Fiji's moves to return to democracy and its pledge to hold elections in 2014.

Fiji was suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum three years ago for failing to honour its 2007 promise to hold elections.

Australian foreign minister Bob Carr says he doesn't believe Fiji should be allowed back into the forum just yet.