GUATEMALA AND FIJI ESTABLISH DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS

Caption: Ambassadors Rosenthal and Thomson at the formalization ceremony.
Fiji formalised its diplomatic relations with the Republic of Guatemala at a ceremony at the Fiji Mission to the United Nations in New York yesterday on September 13, 2013.

The Permanent Representative of Guatemala to the United Nations, Ambassador Gert Rosenthal and his Fijian counterpart, Ambassador Peter Thomson, signed a joint communiqu? establishing diplomatic relations between the two states.

The communiqu? expresses the desire between the Republics of Fiji and Guatemala to establish their diplomatic relations on the basis of the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations at non-resident Ambassadorial level, guided by the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter and international law.

The communiqu? emphasizes that the relations will be based on equality among States, respect for their independence, national sovereignty, territorial integrity and non-interference in the internal affairs of States.

Following the formalization ceremony, Ambassadors Rosenthal and Thomson held talks on areas of common interest between their two countries.

They discussed current business before the Group of 77 and China, of which Fiji is the 2013 Chair, and matters under consideration of the UN Security Council, of which Guatemala is a member for the 2012-2013 term.

Ambassador Thomson reported on the recent promulgation of the new Fiji Constitution and Fiji?s steady progress towards the achievement of sustainable democracy with parliamentary elections to be held in Fiji in 2014.

In concluding the meeting, the Ambassadors assured each other of the mutual support of their Missions in the furtherance of common causes in multilateral affairs.

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