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The Pacific Islands Forum admits India as a Dialogue Partner

August 19, 2002

The Pacific Islands Forum admits India as a Dialogue Partner

 

The Pacific Islands Forum, during its 33rdAnnual Summit held in Suva, Fiji Islands from 15-17 August 2002, has admitted India as a Dialogue Partner of the Forum. This will take effect from the 2003 Post Forum Dialogue Meetings. This new relationship is expected to give a fresh momentum to expanding India's ties with the Pacific Island countries in a more structured and sustained manner.

 

The Pacific Islands Forum, an organization of Heads of Government of independent and self-governing countries of the South Pacific was formed in 1971 as a forum to voice joint political views and promote economic development and regional security cooperation. Originally named the South Pacific Forum, the organization was re-christened as Pacific Islands Forum in 2000. The Forum comprises of 16 countries, namely, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The Forum Secretariat is located in Suva, Fiji.

The Forum has at present 11 countries as Dialogue Partners: the US, Canada, France, the UK, China, South Korea, Japan, EU, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. India joins the Forum as its 12th Dialogue Partner.

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