Press release

Foreign Office Minister comments on Fiji’s return to Commonwealth

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On 26 September 2014, the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) agreed to lift Fiji’s partial suspension from the Commonwealth following their successful elections on 17 September.

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The Minister for Asia-Pacific, Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP said:

The decision by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group to welcome Fiji back into the Commonwealth family recognises the significant steps that Fiji has taken on the road to full democracy.

As an organisation, the Commonwealth is based on strong shared values. Fiji’s recent elections were a vitally important milestone which we have welcomed. I now encourage Fiji to work with the Commonwealth and its members to embed further the aims and aspirations we have all agreed in the Commonwealth Charter, including crucially the freedom of the press.

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Read further information on the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group’s (CMAG’s) decision on the Commonwealth Secretariat website.

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Published 26 September 2014