FRENCH SENATORS PAY RARE VISIT TO TONGA

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First official visit since 1855

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, July 22, 2011) – Six French Senators have completed a tour of Tonga, the first such parliamentary visit since the two countries signed a Friendship Treaty signed in 1855.

The delegation was led by Senator Jean-Pierre Demerliat and represented a range of political parties.

He says Tonga’s a rare and unique country because it has not been colonised.

The Senator says they wanted to see first-hand the local institutions, its economic activities, how society works, and gain a better understanding of Tonga’s plans and aspirations.

 

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