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PM, Morrison Talk Of Specific Needs

In a letter to Mr Morrison, Prime Minister Bainimarama assured him that Fiji stood with Australia in this time of great tragedy.
07 Jan 2020 14:03
PM, Morrison Talk Of Specific Needs
Australian Prime Minister visiting an area ravaged by the bushfires.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is in contact with his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison, talking about the specific needs Australia has amid the bush fires that has ravaged the nation.

The Permanent Secretary at the office of the Prime Minister, Yogesh Karan, said they were discussing specifics need with their Australian counterparts.

In a letter to Mr Morrison, Prime Minister Bainimarama assured him that Fiji stood with Australia in this time of great tragedy.

Mr Bainimarama said: “Fijians hearts break with every headline and photo that tells yet another story of suffering and we mourn every life lost to these fires with immense sadness.

“Fiji knows better than most, the great resilience of our Aussie neighbours; it is a sense of resolve that we see every time our national teams face off on the rugby field.”

The Office of the Prime Minister has also commented the resilience of the all Australians.

“We see the strength of your national character in the courage of your firefighters on the frontlines of the bushfires and despite the immense pain that you are going through, we have great faith that your country will heal with haste,” Mr Bainimarama said.

In the past, Australia has always shown by quickly stepping in to assist Fiji during a natural disaster.

“Australia has shown that they are Vuvale – our family, by quickly stepping up with aid and on the ground assistance,” the PM said.

“It’s that same spirit of family that has Fiji left in shock at the scenes unfolding in Australia, where bushfires are inflicting untold destruction.”

New South Wales, Queensland and now Victoria are on fire. Heat and strong winds have caused the fires to escalate and spread. The smoke is so thick that sunlight barely penetrates through.

So far, there are no reports of any Fijian in harms way of the bush fires.

Meanwhile, other Pacific island countries have extended a helping hand to Australia.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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