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NZ Official To Return To Fiji

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Wellington, Feb 20 NZPA - New Zealand and Fijian officials have returned to each country's embassies in renewed diplomacy efforts, it was announced today.

The arrangement was announced at a meeting in Fiji between Foreign Ministers Murray McCully and Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.

"This meeting continued our efforts to strengthen staffing at our missions in Wellington and Suva," Mr Kubuabola said.

Mr McCully described the discussion as "fruitful and respectful".

Mere Tora has arrived in Wellington to take up the position as First Secretary and Acting Head of Mission at the Fiji High Commission in Wellington, Mr McCully said.

Phillip Taula would arrive in Suva in early March to take up the position of First Secretary and Acting Head of Mission at the New Zealand High Commission.

Both Mr Kubuabola and Mr McCully said they remained committed to maintaining their dialogue and to ensuring both countries had effective diplomatic representation in each country.

Relations between New Zealand and Fiji had been rocky and further deteriorated last year with the tit-for-tat expulsion of senior diplomats, which followed interim Prime Minister Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama's repeated rejection of international deadlines for elections and measures against the media.

However, New Zealand and Fiji agreed last month to improve diplomatic relations after Mr McCully talked with Mr Kubuabola, in Nadi about appointments in Suva and Wellington of additional counsellors.

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