This follows the establishment of diplomatic ties with the western African nation of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire.
This happened at the a signing ceremony at the Fiji Mission to the United Nations in New York.
At the ceremony, the Permanent Representative of Côte d’Ivoire to the United Nations, Ambassador Youssoufou Bamba, and his Fijian counterpart, Ambassador Peter Thomson, signed a joint communiqué establishing diplomatic relations between the two nations.
The communiqué expresses the desire of the Governments of Fiji and Côte d’Ivoire to promote and strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation between their two countries in political, economic and cultural fields.
It also states that diplomatic relations between Côte d’Ivoire and Fiji will be guided by the objectives and purposes of the United Nations Charter and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
Ambassador Bamba thanked Fiji for the leadership provided to the Group of 77 and China in 2013 and said his country looked forward to continuing to work with Fiji in forwarding the interests of developing countries.
The Côte d’Ivoire Permanent Representative said his country would also look to Fiji for guidance in tourism and rugby development.
The western African nation lies between Liberia and Ghana.