Guinea-Bissau and Fiji Formalise Diplomatic Relations

New York
Monday, July 7, 2014

The Republic of Guinea-Bissau and the Republic of Fiji formalised diplomatic relations in a ceremony at the Permanent Mission of Fiji to the United Nations in New York today. At the ceremony, the Permanent Representative of Guinea-Bissau to the United Nations, Ambassador Joao Soares Da Gama, 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 Guinea-Bissau to promote and strengthen bonds of friendship and cooperation between their two countries in political, economic, cultural, humanitarian and other fields.  It also states that diplomatic relations between Guinea-Bissau and Fiji will be guided by the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter and international law, particularly on equality among States, respect for national sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, non-interference in internal affairs of other States, and respect for international treaties.

Following the formalisation ceremony, Ambassadors Da Gama and Thomson held talks on areas of common interest between their two countries at the United Nations, and discussed the progress being made in their countries.

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