The Fiji Government has reversed its decision to expel an Australian priest.

Fiji's Minister for Immigration yesterday declared Father Kevin Barr a prohibited immigrant due to a breach in the terms and conditions of his work permit.

The Department gave the 76 year old until Sunday to leave Fiji where he has worked for more than 30 years.

Father Barr claimed he was the subject of abusive communications from the interim government's prime minister,  Frank Bainimarama.

However, the prime minister says the decision has been reversed.

"After representations were made to the Prime Minister’s office, which were then followed by a discussion between the Prime Minister and the Minister for Immigration, the Minister has withdrawn the declaration of Father Kevin Barr as a prohibited immigrant," a statement from the PM's office said.

"Father Kevin Barr is eligible to continue staying in Fiji under the conditions of his existing work permit." it stated.

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