FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2016 file photo, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key speaks to delegates at the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in Auckland, New Zealand. (David Rowland/SNPA via AP, File)
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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said Friday he wanted to "reset" ties with Suva after his Fijian counterpart accused Wellington of failing to understand the coup-plagued Pacific nation.Making the first visit to Fiji by a New Zealand leader in a decade, Key said it was time to look beyond tensions generated by a military takeover in 2006 .However, Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, who led the 2006 coup before winning an election in 2014, told Key that New Zealand attitudes must change to improve the relationship.Bainimarama also launched into a lengthy justification of his coup, saying it was needed to remove a corrupt and racially biased government.He defended Fiji's right to ban journalists from the country, including a number from New Zealand, an issue Key said he had intended to raise during his trip.
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