Tongan Prime Minister, Akilisi-Pohiva. Image by Selwyn Manning.

MIL OSI –  Source: Tonga Government – Tonga’s Prime Minister looks forward to first visit of Australian Foreign Minister this week.

Tongan Prime Minister, Akilisi-Pohiva. Image by Selwyn Manning.
Tongan Prime Minister, Akilisi-Pohiva. Image by Selwyn Manning.

In a statement this morning, the Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Hon Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, said he was looking forward to the first visit to Tonga of the Australian Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop.

“Australia has been a longtime, close and important partner to Tonga so I am pleased that the Hon. Julie Bishop will be undertaking her first visit to Nuku’alofa this week.

“I look forward to discussing with her areas of mutual interest at the national, regional and international level”, the Prime Minister said.The Australian Foreign Minister will arrive in Nuku’alofa on Wednesday 1st April 2015.

“During her visit she will undertake a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister followed by a meeting with key Cabinet Ministers.  She will also visit various projects where Australia’s aid has taken a lead role in developing, which includes Defence, Police, Health, Fisheries and Women’s Issues.

“The Foreign Minister is also scheduled to meet with key private and agricultural sector representatives.  She will depart Nuku’alofa on 2 April 2015.”


Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.