GOVERNMENT OF TONGA

MEDIA RELEASE

(31 March 2015)

Tonga’s Prime Minister looks forward to first visit of Australian Foreign Minister this week.

In a statement this morning, the Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, said he was looking forward to the first visit to Tonga of the Australian Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop.

“Australia has been a longtime, close and important partner to Tonga so I am pleased that the Hon. Julie Bishop will be undertaking her first visit to Nuku’alofa this week. I look forward to discussing with her areas of mutual interest at the national, regional and international level”, the Prime Minister said.

The Australian Foreign Minister will arrive in Nuku’alofa on Wednesday 1st April 2015. During her visit she will undertake a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister followed by a meeting with key Cabinet Ministers.

She will also visit various projects where Australia’s aid has taken a lead role in developing, which includes Defence, Police, Health, Fisheries and Women’s Issues. The Foreign Minister is also scheduled to meet with key private and agricultural sector representatives. She will depart Nuku’alofa on 2 April 2015.

Hon 'Akilisi Pohiva & Hon. Julie Bishop Meeting

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Issued by the: The Prime Minister’s Office, P.O. Box 62, Nuku’alofa, Tonga. Tel: (676) 24 644 Fax: (676) 23 888; For media enquiries- Email: pressoffice@pmo.gov.to

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