JONES HOPES FOR STRONGER FIJI-NZ TIES

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A for­mer New Zealand politi­cian who is cur­rently the Am­bas­sador for Pa­cific Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Shane Jones hopes the of­fi­cial visit by the Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama to New Zealand will be a turn­ing point in re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries. A Maori chief (Matua), Mr Jones says it was time that the two coun­tries kept aside their dif­fer­ences and worked to­wards bet­ter eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion and de­vel­op­ment. “We have had very cor­dial re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries and with the spirit of aroha, the friend­ship that we have over many years are still strong,” he said. “Let us just let by­gones be by­gones, col­lab­o­rate, cre­ate wealth, gen­er­ate jobs and se­cure a eco­nomic fu­ture.” Mr Jones said busi­ness houses needed to work closely and he hoped that the Pa­cific Agree­ment of Closer Eco­nomic Re­la­tions or PACER Plus is ne­go­ti­ated with all par­ties reach­ing mu­tual consensus.

Am­bas­sador for Pa­cific Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Shane Jones

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