St Lucia and Fiji Establish Diplomatic Relations
The Government of the Republic of Fiji and the Government of St Lucia formalized diplomatic relations at a ceremony at the Permanent Mission of Fiji to the United Nations in New York on 27 January 2016. The Permanent Representative of St Lucia to the United Nations, Ambassador Menissa Rambally, and her Fijian 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 Charter of the United Nations 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 promote and strengthen bonds of friendship and cooperation between their two countries in political, economic, cultural, humanitarian and other fields.
Following the formalization ceremony, Ambassadors Rambally and Thomson held talks on matters of common interest as Small Island Developing States and the opportunities for further bilateral cooperation at the United Nations.