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‘Wananavu Scott,’ PM Bainimarama To Re-Elected Australian PM Morrison

In Australia, you have defied all expectations; let us take the same underdog attitude that inspired your parliamentary victory to the global fight against climate change.
21 May 2019 12:22
‘Wananavu Scott,’ PM Bainimarama To Re-Elected Australian PM Morrison
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrisson during his recent visit to Fiji.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimaram has congratulated his friend and re-elected Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

“Congratulations, my friend, on your re-election as Prime Minister.

“It brings me immense encouragement to know that, with your remarkable victory, our historic bilateral meeting in January was just the start of a momentous new partnership for the Pacific.

“When you and Jenny visited Fiji earlier this year, we marked the beginning of a new chapter, an entirely new book in the relationship between our two nations. With our ‘vuvale’ reset, we aligned our foreign policies to better reflect not only our shared national interests, but also the deep values that bond the Fijian and Australian peoples.

“Headed by you a leader whose trips to our shores long preceded your time in politics the newfound closeness between Fiji and Australia feels not only genuine, but personal. From those visits, you had a friend in Fiji whose old refrain I’d like to echo today: Wananavu, Scott!”

Mr Bainimarama said Fiji looks to the months and years ahead with both great hope and bated anticipation.

“In Australia, you have defied all expectations; let us take the same underdog attitude that inspired your parliamentary victory to the global fight against climate change. By working closely together, we can turn the tides in this battle –– the most urgent crisis facing not only the Pacific, but the world. Together, we can ensure that we are earthly stewards of Fiji, Australia, and the ocean that unites us. Together, we can pass down a planet that our children are proud to inherit.

“My wife, Mary, and I extend our warmest congratulations, from our family to yours.”

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