New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key says soured relations between New Zealand and Fiji are ancient history.
Key made the comments ahead of his scheduled visit to Fiji next week.
John Key will meet with his Fijian Counterpart Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama to further strengthen relations between the two countries.
Key says his visit marks the next step in what has been the steady renewal of political and diplomatic links with Fiji, since its general election in 2014.
“Its ancient history now about NZ concerns of the military coup. I endorsed then Prime Minister, Helen Clark’s, and decision to sanction Fiji but always said the relationship would “normalise” when Fiji returned to democratic elections. I offered to visit Fiji because it’s an important relationship for us in the Pacific. I thought it was an important step for us as the bigger partner to do that, and also with Cyclone Winston…it’s important to get there and see what’s happening,” said John Key – New Zealands Prime Minister.
Key’s official visit will be the first to Fiji by a New Zealand Prime Minister in 10 years.
He will also meet with business representatives and visit reconstruction work carried out by the New Zealand Defence Force during the Cyclone Winston relief effort.
The Kiwi Prime Minister will be in Suva next Thursday.
“Prime Minister Bainimarama and I will use the opportunity to discuss a range of issues including Fiji’s recovery from Cyclone Winston and the Pacer Plus trade negotiations,” he said.