Australia is to lift all the sanctions that remain in force against Fiji, which have been in place since 2006, when Fiji experienced its 4th coup in 20 years, led by former army chief Voreqe “Frank” Bainimarama, who was sworn in as prime minister last month after winning the first elections in almost a decade.
Australia’s lifting of sanctions was announced in a joint statement today by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Australia and Fiji today saying:
“Today we are pleased to have met in Suva to reaffirm our mutual commitment to taking the bilateral relationship forward to a new era of partnership and prosperity.This is the first visit to Fiji by a Foreign Minister since the election and the first bilateral visit by an Australian Foreign Minister since 2008. It demonstrates our commitment to normalise our bilateral relations. We are laying the foundations for strong linkages in diverse spheres: government-government and parliamentary, defence and security, economic and trade, and people-to-people links. We look forward to Fiji and Australia resuming a full defence and regional security relationship. We also agreed to discuss regional architecture to ensure it remains relevant to political, economic and social needs.”