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The Minister for Foreign Affairs (commonly known as the Foreign Minister) is Fiji's Cabinet Minister responsible for international relations and diplomacy. Especially since two military coups in 1987 harmed Fiji's relationship with other countries, with another setback following the civilian insurrection which toppled the elected government in 2000, the Foreign Minister's position has been a very important one.
Like other ministers, the Foreign Minister is formally appointed by the President on the nomination of the Prime Minister, and is responsible to both the Prime Minister and the House of Representatives. The position may be held independently, or in conjunction with other ministerial responsibilities. From time to time, the Prime Minister has simultaneously served as Foreign Minister. The present Foreign Minister, Kaliopate Tavola, doubles as the External Trade Minister.
Along with all ministers, the Foreign Minister is constitutionally required to be a member of either the House of Representatives or the Senate.
As a British colony, Fiji had no Foreign Minister; the United Kingdom managed its external relations. The table below lists the individuals who have held the Foreign Affairs portfolio since Fiji became independent on 10 October 1970, together with their terms of office and the Prime Ministers in whose administration they served. If the Foreign Minister was also Prime Minister at the time, this is indicated by an asterisk.
Order Foreign Minister Term of Office Prime Minister served under 1. Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara 1970-1982 * 2. Mosese Quionibaravi 1982-1984 Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara 3. Jonati Mavoa 1984-1985 Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara . Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara 1985 * 4. Semesa Sikivou 1985-1986 Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara . Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara 1986-1987 * 5. Krishna Datt 1987 Timoci Bavadra . Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara 1987 Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau (Governor-General) 6. Filipe Bole 1987-1988 Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara . Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara 1988-1992 * . Filipe Bole 1992-1994 Sitiveni Rabuka 7. Sitiveni Rabuka 1994 * . Filipe Bole 1994-1997 Sitiveni Rabuka 8. Berenado Vunibobo 1997-1999 Sitiveni Rabuka 9. Tupeni Baba 1999-2000 Mahendra Chaudhry 10. Kaliopate Tavola 2000-2006 Laisenia Qarase 11. Ratu Epeli Nailatikau 2007-2008 Commodore Frank Bainimarama 11. Commodore Frank Bainimarama 2008-2009 * 13. Ratu Inoke Kubuabola 2009-present Commodore Frank Bainimarama Cabinet of FijiPrime Minister · Attorney-General · Minister for Agriculture, Sugar, and Land Resettlement · Minister for ALTA and Sugar Industry · Minister for Civil Aviation · Minister for Commerce, Business Development, and Investment · Minister for Communications · Minister for Education · Minister for Employment Opportunities · Minister for Energy · Minister for External Trade · Minister for Fijian Affairs · Minister for Finance and National Planning · Minister for Fisheries · Minister for Foreign Affairs · Minister for Forests · Minister for Health · Minister for Home Affairs · Minister for Housing, Squatter Settlement, and Environment · Minister for Immigration · Minister for Information and Media Relations · Minister for Justice · Minister for Labour, Industrial Relations, and Productivity · Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources · Minister for Local Government · Minister for Multi-Ethnic Affairs · Minister for National Reconciliation and Unity · Minister for Public Enterprises · Minister for Public Sector Reform · Minister for Regional Development · Minister for Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation · Minister for Sports · Minister for Tourism · Minister for Transport · Minister for Women · Minister for Works · Minister for Youth · Assistant Ministers · Minister without portfolio
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