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