PM wraps up US visit with renewed assurance

October 1, 2022 12:08 pm

Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama [right] with US President Joe Biden [Photo: Supplied]

Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama has wrapped up his critical visit of America, after excellent discussions at the historic US-Pacific Summit at the White House this week.

On his official Twitter Page, Bainimarama tweeted that he says goodbye to President Joe Biden and their new friends on Capitol Hill and in the US private sector.

He further wrote that he returns to Suva with a new reassurance that America’s might and resources are with our people across the Pacific in the greatest battles we face.

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The delegation consisting of the leaders from the 14 Pacific Island countries was led by Bainimarama who is the chair of the Pacific Islands Forum.

A joint US Pacific declaration has been signed between the leaders and the US President.

The declaration, endorsed by all attending Pacific nations in the inaugural Biden Summit, affirms a 10-point list of key priorities topped by the climate crisis, recognition of the Blue Pacific and 2050 agenda, and the strength of regionalism offered by the Pacific Islands Forum.

The U.S President also announced substantial new and broadened engagements with Fiji and the Pacific; ranging from increased educational opportunities in the U.S; to collaboration on disaster response; to improved business and trade ties; and security cooperation.

Biden had hosted the leaders of the PIF for a dinner at the White House last night.

He was honoured to welcome and host the Pacific leaders in Washington for the first-ever US-Pacific Country Summit.

Biden says the US honours the history and value that our nations share and expand their cooperation in key areas that will benefit the people for years to come.

He thanked Prime Minister Bainimarama for his leadership of the PIF during a challenging time and welcomed the unity and solidarity of the PIF family.

[Source: Fijian Government]

Leaders present at the summit include the Prime Ministers of Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and the Cook Islands.

Bainimarama thanked his fellow Pacific leaders for a very constructive engagement throughout the summit and for showing the world that when united, the Blue Pacific is an oceanic superpower.