Minister for Foreign Affairs (Fiji)

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

since 9 September 2016
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Seat Government Buildings, Suva
Appointer President of Fiji
Term length Not term limited
Inaugural holder Kamisese Mara
Formation 10 October 1970
Website Official Ministry website
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The Minister for Foreign Affairs (commonly known as the Foreign Minister) is Fiji's Cabinet Minister responsible for international 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.

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.

As a British colony, Fiji had no Foreign Minister; the United Kingdom managed its external relations. The table below lists the individuals who have held the Foreign Affairs portfolio since Fiji became independent on 10 October 1970.

List of Ministers for Foreign Affairs of Fiji[edit]

No. Portrait Minister
(Birth–Death)
Political Party Term of office
1 Kamisese Mara.jpg Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
(1920–2004)
Alliance Party 1970–1982
2 No image.png Mosese Quionibaravi Alliance Party 1982–1983
3 No image.png Jonati Mavoa
(1922–1985)
Alliance Party 1983–1985
(1) Kamisese Mara.jpg Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
(1920–2004)
Alliance Party 1985
4 No image.png Semesa Sikivou
(1917–1990)
Alliance Party 1985–1986
(1) Kamisese Mara.jpg Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
(1920–2004)
Alliance Party 1986–1987
5 No image.png Krishna Datt
(1944–)
Fiji Labour Party 1987
(1) Kamisese Mara.jpg Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
(1920–2004)
Independent 1987
6 No image.png Filipe Bole
(1936–)
Independent 1987–1988
(1) Kamisese Mara.jpg Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
(1920–2004)
Independent 1988–1992
(6) No image.png Filipe Bole
(1936–)
Fijian Political Party 1992–1994
7 Sitiveni Rabuka July 2016.jpg Major-General (Rtd)
Sitiveni Rabuka
(1948–)
Fijian Political Party 1994
(6) No image.png Filipe Bole
(1936–)
Fijian Political Party 1994–1997
8 No image.png Berenado Vunibobo
(1932–2015)
Fijian Political Party 1997–1999
9 No image.png Tupeni Baba Fiji Labour Party 1999–2000
10 No image.png Kaliopate Tavola
(1946–)
United Fiji Party 2000–2006
Dmitry Medvedev with Isikeli Mataitoga.jpeg Isikeli Mataitoga
Acting Minister
Independent 2006–2007
11 Epeli Nailatikau 2014.jpg Brigadier-General (Rtd)
Ratu Epeli Nailatikau
(1941–)
Independent 2007–2008
12 Bainimarama 2014.jpg Commodore
Frank Bainimarama
(1954–)
Military 2008–2009
(12) 2009
13 Ratu Inoke Kubuabola (cropped).jpg Ratu Inoke Kubuabola
(1948–)
Independent 2009–2016
(13) FijiFirst
(12) Frank Bainimarama November 2014.jpg Rear Admiral (Rtd)
Frank Bainimarama
(1954–)
FijiFirst 2016–present

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