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Fiji’s Foreign Affairs Minister briefs gov’t

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FIJI’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola yesterday met with the Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo and Foreign Affairs Minister Clay Forau.

Mr Kabuabola is on his way to Vanuatu to attend the launching of the Melanesian Spearhead Group Silver Jubilee celebrations in Port Vila on January 28.

He arrived yesterday for the brief meetings after he visited Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste.

He will hold a press conference this morning with Mr Forau before flying over to Port Vila.

Solomon Star understands Minister Kubuabola briefed the Government on a number of MSG issues including their constitution formulation process and Fiji’s Volunteer Scheme.

Kubuabola served as Fiji's High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea from 2002 to 2005.

 In late 2005, he attempted to handle the problem of Fijian security guards, whom some accused of being mercenaries, operating illegally on the island of Bougainville.

The incident embarrassed the Fijian government and threatened to strain relations between the two countries.

On 4 May 2006, Kubuabola was posted to Tokyo as Fiji's Ambassador to Japan and Korea, replacing Ratu Tevita Momoedonu.

He remained in this position until July 2009; on 24 July, he was named Minister for Foreign Affairs by the Interim Government.

By Eddie Osifelo