Fiji PM welcomes Maori King

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Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka shakes hand with Māori King, His Majesty Te Arikinui Tūheitia Paki. Picture: FIJI GOVERNMENT

In a historic moment yesterday, the Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Sitiveni Rabuka welcomed the Māori King, His Majesty Te Arikinui Tūheitia Paki.

The official visit to Fiji by the Māori King marks a new chapter in the advancement of cooperation and relations between our two countries.

In his welcome remarks, Prime Minister Rabuka thanked the Māori King for his visit that demonstrated the historical, cultural and traditional ties between peoples of the two countries, with mutual values of trust and respect, deeply rooted in our oneness as Pasifika peoples.

On behalf of the Government and the people of Fiji, the Prime Minister extended sincere appreciation to the Māori King and the Māori people for their support for Fiji over the years.

Mr Rabuka also reaffirmed Fiji’s commitment to further strengthen regional and bilateral cooperation with New Zealand, particularly in addressing common challenges, including climate change, economic resilience and regional security and solidarity.

He extended Fiji’s best wishes to the Māori King and the Māori peoples for their continued peace and prosperity.

The Māori King thanked Mr Rabuka and the people of Fiji for the kind hospitality accorded to him during his visit to Fiji.

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