Posted on Radio New Zealand International - 07 December 2010
The Fiji interim government says the United States has refused to grant Fiji’s interim environment minister, Colonel Samuela Saumatua, a visa to attend the UN climate change conference in Mexico.
The attorney-general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, has told FBC News that it’s disappointing that Fiji is being frustrated through the deplorable conduct by the US Embassy.
This comes shortly after Mr Sayed-Khaiyum revealed that the British-born chief justice, Anthony Gates, and another senior Fiji official also recently failed to get a US visa.
The website Fijilive says two months ago, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum was himself denied a US visa.
Last month, Fiji expelled an American businessman for allegedly interfering in Fiji’s domestic affairs.