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Aust lifts all remaining sanctions against Fiji

October 30, 2014 9:45 pm

Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop has announced the lifting all remaining sanctions against Fiji.

Bishop says she is looking forward to reaffirming Australia’s undertaking to building a more dynamic, mutually beneficial relationship with Fiji when she meets Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and other officials.

Bishop is here on a two-day visit.

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She says today marks the start of a new era in the relationship between Australia and Fiji, and a significant step toward the fulfillment of the Australian Government’s election commitment to normalise relations with this important Pacific neighbour.

Bishop says her visit demonstrates the Australian Government’s commitment to taking our relationship with Fiji into a new era of partnership and prosperity.

Australia is Fiji’s largest trading and commercial partner in the region and is the biggest investor in Fiji.

Two-way trade is worth over AUD1.8 billion annually.

Up to 50,000 Fijians live and work in Australia and approximately 300,000 Australians visit Fiji each year, over half the number of Fiji’s total tourist numbers.

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