Key to go see Bainimarama. Will John turn around a decade of foreign policy failure?

John Key is finally going to show some common courtesy and visit Fiji.

John Key will travel to Fiji to meet with the island’s leader Frank Bainimarama in what will be the first trip there by a New Zealand Prime Minister in a decade.

He made the announcement this afternoon and will jet off to Suva for two days next week.

Mr Key says the visit is part of the “steady renewal of political and diplomatic links” with Fiji since its general election in 2014.

The election was the Pacific island’s first democratic elections since Mr Bainimarama took over in a military coup in 2006.

His Fiji First party won 59 percent of the vote, taking 32 of the 50 seats in parliament.

Mr Key says New Zealand’s concerns about the country following the coup are now “ancient history”.

“I think the Prime Minister of the day Helen Clark took the right steps and we endorsed the position New Zealand adopted. But we always said once they got to the point where they had free and fair elections we’d normalise the relationship,” he said as his post-Cabinet news conference today.

John Key continued the wonky jihad against Fiji on gaining office in 2008. Instead of assisting Fiji we turned our backs on them. We could have assisted them in returning to democracy sooner, but we turned away. That won’t be forgotten.

Fijians remember that. Frank Bainimarama also remembers and he set about forging new links around the world and turning northwards rather than have to rely on the fickle and disingenuous governments of New Zealand and Australia.

Bainimarama will be grinning from ear to ear as he forces the mountain to come to Mohammed.

The way that successive governments have meddled in the affairs of my country of birth disgusts me, and I thought John Key might have been a breath of fresh air. Instead he just continued Clark’s reign of hostility.

New Zealand thought they could bully Fiji into cowing before us. They showed us they no longer needed our assistance.

On election night in 2014 as I sat in Suva around the kava bowl, I asked a few politicians what was the best thing to come out of the coup in 2006. They all told me that the best thing was weaning themselves off of foreign aid from NZ and Australia and distancing themselves from the colonial attitude of those two countries.

All our foreign policy did back then was drive Fiji into the waiting arms of China and India. Well done Helen Clark and John Key.

Their attitudes permanently changed the way Fijians think about New Zealand. That cannot be recovered.

 

– Newshub


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