SUVA, April 28 (Xinhua) -- Fiji said Saturday that Acting Prime Minister and Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola will meet Australian and New Zealand foreign ministers during the Pacific Islands Forum's Ministerial Contact Group (MCG) meeting in Suva early next week.
According to an official press release, the meeting with MCG officials, including Australian and New Zealand Foreign Ministers Bob Carr and Murray McCully, underscores Fiji's position in the South Pacific as an emerging leader and provides an opportunity to present the new policies of the Fijian government.
The meeting is an opportunity for members of the MCG to see first-hand the reforms undertaken by the Bainimarama government as the country prepares for a new constitution next year and elections in 2014. Fiji's 2012 Economic Plan and economic progress are also on the agenda.
Earlier on Thursday, Australian media reported that Carr has confirmed he will be part of the MCG that will arrive in Fiji next week and he will be speaking with a wide range of people during his visit to Fiji.
He said he will be talking to people in the government to test whether they are authentic in their desire to see a proper constitutional arrangement and robustly free elections in 2014.
MCG ministers has reaffirmed that Forum concerns over the situation in Fiji reflected the underlying values of the Forum, namely the respect for democracy, good governance and the rule of law.