On August 21st, the Federative Republic of Brazil and the Cook Islands established diplomatic relations, through the adoption of the following Joint Statement, signed in a ceremony at the Embassy of Brazil in Wellington, New Zealand by the Ambassador of Brazil , Eduardo Gradilone, and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, Henry Puna.
The Embassy of Brazil in Wellington is cumulative with the Cook Islands
The Cook Islands are a parliamentary representative democracy, associated to New Zealand. Within this regime of free association, New Zealand holds the primary responsibility for the conduct of certain themes, such as defense and foreign affairs, always in consultation with the Government of the archipelago. The Cook Islands maintain diplomatic relations with several States and are members of many international organizations.
Brazil and the Cook Islands share common visions on important issues of the international agenda, such as the environment and climate change, agricultural cooperation in the framework of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), sustainable development, energy security and disarmament. In June 2015, Brazil supported the membership of the Cook Islands to the International Labor Organization. Establishing a direct dialogue with the Cook Islands will bring closer collaboration in these fields and will also foster new fronts of cooperation.
"JOINT COMMUNIQUÉ ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS BETWEEN THE FEDERATIVE REPUBLIC OF BRAZIL AND THE COOK ISLANDS
The Federative Republic of Brazil and the Cook Islands,
Willing to promote their relations of friendship and cooperation in the political, economic, cultural, humanitarian and other fields,
Convinced that the establishment of diplomatic relations corresponds to the mutual interest of both States and will contribute to the consolidation of their cooperation and of international peace,
Decide to establish diplomatic relations on this date, in accordance with the principles of mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, non-aggression, non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, equality and mutual benefit, and peaceful coexistence.
Done in Wellington, New Zealand, on 21 August 2015, in duplicate in English and Portuguese, the two texts being equally authentic and identical."