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PM begins official state visit to Australia

September 12, 2019 4:50 pm

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has arrived in Australia for his first-ever official state visit.

Bainimarama’s six-day visit is part of the long history of the cooperation, shared interest and values with Australia.

Greeted by some members of the Australian Government and Australia’s High Commissioner to Fiji, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says he is looking forward to the visit.

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Australia’s High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes says top of the discussions will share regional challenges.

“The discussions between the Prime Ministers will cover the whole gamut of issues, security, economic, trade, people to people and of course very importantly, climate change and the health of our shared Pacific Ocean.

Bainimarama’s counterpart,  Scott Morrison has stated that he’s committed to holding more regular meetings to demonstrate Australia’s personal commitment with Fiji.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister says he is mourning the passing of the Tongan PM Akilisi Pohiva who died this morning in Auckland, New Zealand.

Bainimarama says Pohiva inspired the world with raw emotion at last month’s Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu, which despite his health he attended in recognition of the urgency of climate action.

Prime Minister reiterating that Pohiva’s legacy must be honoured by continuing the fight against climate change.

 

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