Caption: Ambassadors Minah and Thomson at the formalization ceremony at the Permanent Mission of Fiji to the UN, New York.Photo:SUPPLIED.
New York: The Republic of Sierra Leone and the Republic of Fiji formalized diplomatic relations at a ceremony at the Permanent Mission of Fiji to the United Nations in New York this week.
The Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone to the United Nations, Ambassador Vandi Chidi Minah and his Fijian counterpart, Ambassador Peter Thomson, signed a joint communiqué establishing diplomatic relations between the two States.
The communiqué conveys the agreement of both States for their diplomatic relations to be guided by the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter and international law, particularly on equality among States, respect for national sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, non-interference in the internal affairs of other States, and respect for international treaties.
The communiqué expresses the desire of both States to promote and strengthen bonds of friendship and cooperation between their two countries in political, economic, cultural, humanitarian and other fields.
Following the formalization ceremony, Ambassadors Minah and Thomson held talks on areas of common interest between their two countries and potential areas of cooperation at the United Nations, including in such subjects as UN Security Council Reform and the place of small States in the UN system.