FIJIAN GOVERNMENT?S RESPONSE ON AUSTRALIA’S TRAVEL ADVISORY

Ratu Inoke with his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop in this file photo.?

Suva- The Minister?for?Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola today assured all Australian citizens intending to come to Suva that all is well in the capital and there should be no reason to worry.

This assurance is made in light of the travel advisory issued by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade where it cautioned its citizens to exercise high degree of caution when traveling to Suva.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through its Smarttraveller website has warned its citizens to exercise high degree of caution?because of the prevalence of crime and potential for civil unrest.

The travel advisory stated to Australian citizens that they must pay close attention to their personal security at all times and monitor the media about possible new safety or security risks.

In the same advisory, the Australians are advised that they must exercise normal safety precautions in Fiji and exercise common sense and look out for suspicious behavior as they would do in Australia.

Ratu Inoke?expressed his “disappointment that the Australian Government had deemed it appropriate for?the upgrading of the Australian travel advisory” and added that while he “understood that?it?was the prerogative of the Australian Government? to do so as a precautionary measure, it is certainly not?a true?reflection of the situation on the ground”.

MINFO