Fiji Minister: 'Look North' To Asia Policy In 2013 Helped Country Survive

Ratu Inoke said traditional partners 'turned their backs on us leading up to the 2014 general elections'

By Arieta Vakasukawaqa

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Sun, May 24, 2017) –  When neighbouring international partners turned their backs on us leading up to the 2014 general elections, Fiji managed to survive through its ‘Look North’ policy.

Minister for Defence, Ratu Inoke Kubuobola said this while speaking on the 2013 Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation in Parliament yesterday.

Leading up to the 2014 General Elections, Ratu Inoke who was the Ministry for Foreign Affairs at that time, said it was one of the most difficult times for Fiji in the areas of international relations.

He said we were eliminated by neighbours down South as well as from the international community.

Ratu Inoke said some even tried to stop Fijians from international peacekeeping duties which also included the United Nations.

“But as we developed our foreign policies – ‘Look North’ policy and policy of friends to all and enemies to none- we were very fortunate we had friends who stood with us,” he said.

Ratu Inoke said these were countries like China, Russia, France and other countries who supported Fiji at the UN Security Council which enabled us to maintain our role as international peacekeepers.

“Their support stopped the attempt by our neighbours through their friends in the council to try and stop our peace-keeping missions,” he said.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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