Fiji's interim prime minister Frank Bainimarama has spoken out for the first time about the eviction of New Zealand's High Commissioner a fortnight ago.
He told TVNZ's Sunday programme that the New Zealand government needs to "butt out".
"We've got to stop this. You've got to stop this bullying. If you bully people there will be some retaliation," he said.
"We're trying to send New Zealand a message. New Zealand has been telling us that they want to destroy our economy, destroy our judiciary and we want to tell New Zealand stop there," Bainimarama said.
He told Sunday's journalist Janet McIntyre he didn't care if his action has resulted in a decline of tourists.
"Well if there's going to be dwindling numbers because of that - so be it."
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