Thursday, July 29, 2010

Fiji PM reads Aussie foreign policy 'in the newspapers'

FBC News - Thursday, July 29, 2010

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has told an Australian media interview that he reads about Australia’s foreign policy ‘in the newspapers’. 

Bainimarama was responding to questions by Australian journalist Graham Davis on why he expelled Australia’s Acting High Commissioner to Fiji, Sarah Roberts. 

Bainimarama says he has never met or spoke to Ms. Roberts and she never ever visited his office, but claims she was interfering in Fiji’s sovereign affairs. 

Here’s how the exchange went: 

Davis: Did you give Sarah Roberts any warning? 

Bainimarama: Yes she was given warnings. Twice I understand. 

Davis: What was said to her, do you know? 

Bainimarama:I don’t know…Foreign Affairs spoke to her 

Davis: You’re saying she took no notice 

Bainimarama: Obviously not 

Davis: Did you ever have Sarah Roberts in your office talking to you 

Bainimarama: No, she has never been to my office 

Davis: So you had the Australian High Commissioner here but she never spoke to you Bainimarama: She has never been to my office 

Davis: Have you spoken to her 

Bainimarama: No 

Davis: Never? 

Bainimarama: Never 

Davis: So whatever you hear about Australian and NZ policy… 

Bainimarama: I read in the newspapers 

Bainimarama however says that he speaks regularly to the Indian High Commissioner, the Chinese ambassador, the French ambassador and all other diplomatic representatives except those from Australia and NZ.

Report by : Stanley Simpson

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