Republic of Ireland

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations with the Republic of Ireland

Fiji and Ireland formally established full diplomatic relations on 19th March 2002 with the signing of a joint communiqué in Canberra, Australia by the resident heads of mission of both countries. This event was aimed at strengthening mutual cooperation and support between the two countries in the areas of commerce, cultural exchange and promotion of peace, democracy, justice and solidarity in international affairs.

Fiji’s resident High Commissioner to the UK, HE Mr. Emitai L. Boladuadua became Fiji’s first accredited Ambassador to Ireland when he presented his letter of credence to the President of Ireland, HE Mary McAleese on 7th January 2004.

Prior to the formalisation of their diplomatic relations, Fiji and Ireland had worked closely in UN peacekeeping operations in the UNFIL and other parts of the world.

Trade between Fiji and Ireland had consistently been in Ireland’s favour with Fiji exporting mainly timber products, processed fish, garments, sugar, kava/yaqona and some fruits and vegetables.

Ambassador Boladuadua presenting his letter of credence to the President of Ireland, HE Mary McAleese.
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