Saint Vincent and Fiji Establish Diplomatic Relations
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines formalized diplomatic relations with the Republic of Fiji at a ceremony at the Fiji Mission to the United Nations in New York on 15th April, 2013. The Permanent Representative of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations, Ambassador Camillo Gonsalves and his Fiji counterpart, Ambassador Peter Thomson, signed a joint communiqué establishing diplomatic relations between the two island nations.
The communiqué expresses the desire of Fiji and St Vincent to establish their diplomatic relations in accordance with the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 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 calls for the promotion and strengthening of bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two countries in political, economic, cultural, humanitarian and other fields.
Following the formalisation ceremony, Ambassadors Gonsalves and Thomson held talks on areas of common interest between their two countries, including work arising from their joint membership of the Group of 77 and China, the Alliance of Small Island States, the Non-Aligned Movement, and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States. Ambassador Thomson took the opportunity of the talks to brief Ambassador Gonsalves on Fiji’s steady progress towards the achievement of sustainable democracy through parliamentary elections to be held in 2014.
Ambassadors Gonsalves and Thomson at the formalization ceremony