After all, it is normal customary gesture, particularly when Nair worked so hard after his appointment, to get Fiji on the radar in Gulf states; Nair is also credited with pulling off the release of the 45 Al Nusra captive Fijian soldiers. There is something really rotten in Inoke Kubuabola's Ministry of Foreign Affairs-led by the former leader of I-Taukei Movement!
SATURATED COVERAGE: We read accolades about the visit and the strength of the relationship between Fiji and UAE, in the Fiji media for three consecutive days. It is unprecedented during a visit of only a Foreign Minister. In their hysteria, even Fiji Sun's Nemani Delaibatiki failed to point out Nair's absence in his analysis piece on 17 February!
FRANK BAINIMARAMA: "From a desert, one or two generations ago, the people of the United Arab Emirates have built a nation that is the envy of the world. They have, for instance, built one of the world’s great airlines and they are helping to lead the search for renewable energy sources to produce a cleaner and greener world. In fact, they are providing solar power projects to light up some of Fiji’s outer islands- Kadavu, Lakeba and Rotuma. Sheikh Abdullah’s visit follows closely on the heels of those of the Presidents of China and Indonesia and the Prime Minister of India. We Pacific Islanders no longer only go to them. They also come to us as honoured guests. So who can doubt that Fiji stands taller and prouder in the world today than it ever has before?."
Fijileaks: Why was Robin Nair left behind in the United Arab Emirates?
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"Your entry has been drawn to my attention. I hope I am the first to comment. At the risk of inviting all my detractors from having a go at me, I nevertheless wish to respond. I am in Abu Dhabi running an Embassy with an accreditation to 11 other countries besides the UAE. I was fully involved with the visit of the Foreign Minister of the UAE. I had no reason to be in Fiji for the visit with a whole Ministry in Fiji to handle the visit. I otherwise have a full agenda on my plate. Besides, I have a large military delegation in Abu Dhabi led by a Minister. I have been involved in developing the military relationship with the UAE. My presence here in Abu Dhabi was warranted. I enjoy the confidence of my Minister."