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Fiji leader feels he has repaired Pacific-Kiribati relations

Fiji's Prime Minister, Sitiveni Rabuka, is confident he's repaired relations with Kiribati after his recent state visit there.


On Friday, Rabuka led a high-level delegation to Tarawa - and key on the agenda was Kiribati's membership of the Pacific Islands Forum.


Kiribati's withdrawal from the Forum last July fractured regional unity and solidarity.


President Taneti Maamau refused to attend the annual Leaders' gathering in Suva due to what he claimed was failure by the PIF to address concerns of equity, equality and inclusiveness in a number of key decisions including the appointment of the current Secretary General.


Fiji's new coalition government, holding chairmanship of the Pacific Islands Forum, in consultation with Kiribati Government initiated a state visit to repair damaged relations amongst other priorities.


Before the bilateral meeting, the Fijian Government delegation performed an age-old traditional practice of 'boka' to Maamau and his people to seek forgiveness for the 'wrongs of the past' and to commit the Fijian Government to kinship and solidarity.


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