VISIT TO AUSTRALIA BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF FIJI

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji, the Honourable Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, will visit Australia from 12 to 17 September as a Guest of Government. I look forward to welcoming Prime Minister Bainimarama to Australia as my guest.

Australia and Fiji, a key regional leader, have a strong friendship and a long history of cooperation, shared interests and values. We are all part of the same Pacific family, the Pacific vuvale.

During my visit to Suva in January, Prime Minister Bainimarama and I committed to holding more regular meetings to demonstrate our personal commitment to this relationship.

We will discuss shared regional challenges such as illegal fishing and climate change, opportunities for increased trade, investment and labour mobility, as well as strengthening our cooperation on defence and security.

Australia is committed to stepping up our engagement with Fiji and the Pacific more broadly to address common challenges and deepen longstanding ties in our region.

We want to ensure the Pacific prospers as a family, with each sovereign country charting its own course and shaping its own future.