Opposition says government regional tour a disgrace

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Hon. Wale said the Foreign Minister’s mission to Suva proved that the government is well aware that this issue is not a sovereign issue and has regional implications.

Opposition Leader Hon. Matthew Wale says the Foreign Secretary’s visit to Suva as part of an “explanatory visit” to the SI-PRC security treaty is a disgrace.

Hon. Wale said the intent and purpose of the tour to explain the pros and cons of the security deal contradicted their argument that the issue is a sovereign matter and our regional friends should not debate it.

He wondered if that was the case, then why was the government now on a mission to explain the treaty to our regional friends.

“In fact, this should be the process that should be done even before the security treaty is signed. And not only to our friends in the region, but also to our fellow citizens. If the government’s argument is based on sovereignty, then they should also visit our nine provinces to explain the security treaty before going abroad,” he said.

The opposition leader said he would not be surprised if the government’s regional “explanatory tour” ran into a brick wall.

“We would not be surprised if the countries of the region refused them and it would be very shameful, especially when Fiji, as chair of the PIF, recommended to the government to suspend the signature until thorough discussions are held with our friends in the region,” he said. .

Hon. Wale said the Foreign Minister’s mission to Suva proved that the government is well aware that this issue is not a sovereign issue and has regional implications.

“It’s a shameful thing when we try to make amends with our friends to save face. The explainer tour is laughable and makes fun of themselves and the security treaty itself,” he said. -he declares.

Meanwhile, the Leader of the Opposition called on the Prime Minister to publish the signed agreement as promised in Parliament.

“What is the point of trying to explain a secret deal to our regional friends when even the citizens of this country are still kept in the dark about it?

“The secrecy has cast a lot of doubt not only in the minds of our regional friends, but also in the minds of our own people,” Hon Wale said.

He said a regional “explanation visit” would do nothing to remove that doubt, if the deal is not released in full.

Source: Opposition Press

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