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Minister for Foreign Affairs (Fiji)

Frank Bainimarama Kamisese Mara Prime Minister of Fiji
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the
Republic of Fiji
Frank Bainimarama November 2014.jpg
Incumbent
Frank Bainimarama

since 16 April 2020
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
SeatGovernment Buildings, Suva
NominatorPrime Minister of Fiji
AppointerPresident of Fiji
Term lengthNo term limit
Inaugural holderKamisese Mara
Formation10 October 1970
WebsiteOfficial Ministry website
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This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Fiji

The Minister for Foreign Affairs (commonly known as the Foreign Minister) is Fiji's Cabinet Minister responsible for foreign relations and diplomacy and oversees its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Especially since two military coups in 1987 harmed Fiji's relationship with other countries, with two more coups in 2000 and 2006 respectively, the Foreign Minister's position has been a very important one.

Description of the office

Like other ministers, the Foreign Minister is formally appointed by the President on the nomination of the Prime Minister, and is responsible to both the Prime Minister and the Parliament. The position may be held independently, or in conjunction with other ministerial responsibilities. From time to time, the Prime Minister has simultaneously served as Foreign Minister.

Along with all ministers, the Foreign Minister is constitutionally required to be a member of the Parliament.

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List of ministers

The following is a list of Foreign Ministers of Fiji since the country gained independence in 1970:[1][2]

No. Name
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Tenure
1 Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
(1920–2004)
Kamisese Mara.jpg 1970–1982
2 Mosese Qionibaravi
(1938–1987)
No image.png 1982–1983
3 Jonati Mavoa
(1922–1985)
No image.png 1983–1985
4 Semesa Sikivou
(1917–1990)
No image.png 1985–1986
(1) Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
(1920–2004)
Kamisese Mara.jpg 1986–1987
5 Krishna Datt
(b. 1944)
No image.png 1987
(1) Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
(1920–2004)
Kamisese Mara.jpg 1987
6 Filipe Bole
(1936–2019)
No image.png 1987–1988
(1) Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
(1920–2004)
Kamisese Mara.jpg 1988–1992
(6) Filipe Bole
(1936–2019)
No image.png 1992–1994
7 Major-General (Rtd)
Sitiveni Rabuka
(b. 1948)
Sitiveni Rabuka July 2016.jpg 1994
(6) Filipe Bole
(1936–2019)
No image.png 1994–1997
8 Berenado Vunibobo
(1932–2015)
Berenado Vunibobo.jpg 1997–1999
9 Tupeni Baba No image.png 1999–2000
10 Kaliopate Tavola
(b. 1946)
No image.png 2000–2006
Isikeli Mataitoga
Acting Minister
Isikeli Mataitoga.jpeg 2006–2007
11 Brigadier-General (Rtd)
Ratu Epeli Nailatikau
(b. 1941)
Epeli Nailatikau 2012.jpg 2007–2008
12 Commodore
Frank Bainimarama
(b. 1954)
Bainimarama 2014.jpg 2008–2009
(12) 2009
13 Ratu Inoke Kubuabola
(b. 1948)
Ratu Inoke Kubuabola (cropped).jpg 2009–2016
(13)
(12) Rear Admiral (Rtd)
Frank Bainimarama
(b. 1954)
Frank Bainimarama November 2014.jpg 2016–2019
14 Inia Seruiratu Inia Seruiratu - 2019 (48403437787) (cropped).jpg 2019–2020
(12) Rear Admiral (Rtd)
Frank Bainimarama
(b. 1954)
Frank Bainimarama November 2014.jpg 2020–present

References

  1. ^ http://www.foreignaffairs.gov.fj/about-us/20-overview/overview/441-history-and-achievements
  2. ^ "Foreign ministers E-K". rulers.org. B. Schemmel. Retrieved 12 March 2015.