Cote d'Ivoire and Fiji Formalise Diplomatic Relations
The Republic of Cote d’Ivoire and the Republic of Fiji formalised diplomatic relations in a ceremony at the Fiji Mission to the United Nations in New York today. At the ceremony, the Permanent Representative of Cote 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 Cote 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 Cote d’Ivoire and Fiji will be guided by the objectives and purposes of the United Nations Charter and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
Following the formalisation ceremony, Ambassadors Bamba and Thomson held talks on areas of common interest between their two countries. 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. Ambassador Thomson thanked his counterpart saying that it was an honour for Fiji to host such a big and important African country at the Fiji Mission. The Cote d’Ivoire Permanent Representative said his country would also look to Fiji for guidance in tourism and rugby development.