From left: Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration and Special Envoy to the Pacific Islands Forum Tepaeru Herrmann, Niue Premier Dalton Tagelagi, and Deputy Prime Minister Robert Tapaitau.
Niue Premier Dalton Tagelagi arrived in Rarotonga yesterday afternoon, in transit on his way to the 5th Korea-Pacific Islands Foreign Ministers meeting to be held in Busan, South Korea next week.
Tagelagi arrived in Rarotonga on an Air
Rarotonga charter flight, and was met on arrival by Deputy Prime Minister
Robert Tapaitau, and Special Envoy to the Pacific Islands Forum and Secretary
of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MFAI) Tepaeru Herrmann.
Bilateral discussions held in the VIP
lounge on the Premier’s arrival covered flights connectivity, economic
recovery, pandemic response and recovery, and the recent announcement by the
United States of America towards recognition of both Cook Islands and Niue sovereignty.
Talks also extended to regional
initiatives, including the Cook Islands assumption of the Pacific Islands Forum
Leaders (PIFL) chair responsibilities and hosting of the PIFL meeting by the
Cook Islands in 2023.
“This was a welcome opportunity to catch
up with Premier Tagelagi on bilateral and regional matters,” said Special Envoy
“The Cook Islands and Niue have much in
common on recent regional and international developments, including recent Cook
Islands/French Polynesia flights connectivity, and US recognition of the Cook
Islands and Niue sovereignty will see elevated levels of collaboration with
Niue in the coming months.”
In addition to membership of the PIFL, the
Cook Islands and Niue are part of the realm of New Zealand and members of the
Polynesian Leaders Group.
Premier Tagelagi this week hosted
international dignitaries including Australia Foreign Minister Wong; New
Zealand Minister for Pacific People’s Aupito William Sio; and United States
Ambassador to New Zealand Tom Udall as part of Niue’s 48th Constitution
celebrations. A congratulatory message for the 48th Constitution celebrations
from Prime Minister Brown to Premier Tagelagi was conveyed earlier this
Following bilateral talks with DPM
Tapaitau and Special Envoy Herrmann, Premier Tagelagi was welcomed by resident
Niue community members who earlier this week celebrated Niue’s 48th
constitution in Avarua
The Niue community hosted Premier Tagelagi
last night before he departs for Korea via Auckland tomorrow morning. The Cook
Islands delegation to the 5th Korea-Pacific Islands Foreign Ministers will be
led by Assistant Foreign Minister Tingika Elikana.