2019/2020 National Budget: Fiji to shut down foreign missions

Viliame Gavoka and Attorney Generel and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum share their thoughts after the 2020 Budget Announcement. Picture: JONA KONATACI

THE Fijian Government has shut down two of its foreign missions in Brazil and Ethiopia.

This was revealed by the Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while announcing the 2019-2020 national budget in Parliament last night.

Responding to the issue after the announcement, Minister for Foreign Affairs Inia Seruiratu said it was a normal process.

“You have to constantly review the change in diplomatic dynamics and the geo-political space,” Mr Seruiratu said.

“This came as a result of an exercise that was undertaken in last December.

“A team from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was sent to evaluate a few of our missions.

“Out of the recommendations made by the team, it was forwarded to cabinet, they endorsed the closure of these missions.”
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs was allocated $43.4million in the 2019-2020 national budget.

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