Malta and Fiji Establish Diplomatic Relations
The Republic of Malta and the Republic of Fiji formalized diplomatic relations at a ceremony at the Permanent Mission of Fiji to the United Nations in New York on 11 December 2014. The Permanent Representative of Malta to the United Nations, Ambassador Christopher Grimaand his Fiji counterpart, Ambassador Peter Thomson, signed a joint communiqué establishing diplomatic relations between the two States.
The communiqué conveys the agreement of both States for their diplomatic relations to 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 the internal affairs of other States, and respect for international treaties.
The communiqué expresses the desire of both States to strengthen bonds of friendship and cooperation between their two countries in political, economic, cultural, humanitarian and other fields.
Following the formalization ceremony, Ambassadors Grima and Thomson held talks on areas of common interest between their two countries and potential areas of cooperation at the United Nations, including future candidacies of both Malta and Fiji within the UN system. The Ambassadors also discussed preparations for the next CHOGM, which will be hosted by Malta in November 2015