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Australia's parliamentary secretary to Minister for Foreign Affairs Brett Mason to visit Fiji to discuss election

Australia Network News:

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Australia's Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Brett Mason will meet with Fiji's government to discuss election preparations, ahead of the country's poll on September 17.

The election will be the first in Fiji since the military coup led by current interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama in December 2006.

Senator Mason said he would discuss Australia's recent decision to lift travel sanctions on senior Fijian officials, in place since the takeover.

"The lifting of Australia's travel restrictions has paved the way for closer dialogue and cooperation with Fiji on bilateral and regional issues," Senator Mason said in a statement.

Senator Mason will tour Australian funded development projects, including the launch of the Australia-University of the South Pacific Partnership.

"My visit will underline Australia's continuing commitment to normalising relations with Fiji and building stronger ties."

During his two-day visit, Senator Mason will also meet with representatives of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and sign a six-year agreement.

It comes more than two months after a visit by Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

Read story: Australia Network News

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