Turkmenistan and Fiji Formalise Diplomatic Relations
Turkmenistan and the Republic of Fiji formalised diplomatic relations in a ceremony at the Turkmenistan Mission to the United Nations in New York today. At the ceremony, the Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the United Nations, Ambassador Aksoltan Ataeva, and her 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 Turkmenistan to initiate and develop friendship and cooperation between their two countries in political, trade, economic, cultural, humanitarian and other fields. It also states that diplomatic relations between Turkmenistan and Fiji will be guided by the objectives and purposes of the United Nations Charter and international law, particularly on equality, respect for independence, national sovereignty, territorial integrity, and non-interference in internal affairs.
Following the formalisation ceremony, Ambassadors Ataeva and Thomson held talks on areas of common interest between their two countries at the United Nations, including the affairs of UNDP and UNFPA of which the Fiji Ambassador is the 2014 Board President.