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Minister For Foreign Affairs Of Australia Penny Wong Arrives In Fiji For Meetings With Big Two

“The visit, in my first week as Foreign Minister, demonstrates the importance we place on our relationship with Fiji and on our Pacific engagement,” she said.
26 May 2022 16:21
Minister For Foreign Affairs Of Australia Penny Wong Arrives In Fiji For Meetings With Big Two
New Australian Foreign Minister Senator Penny Wong.

The new Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, Senator Penny Wong, is looking forward to arriving in Fiji today to strengthen the Vuvale partnership.

Senator Wong returned yesterday from the Quad leaders meeting in Tokyo, where strategic security dialogue between Australia, India, Japan, and the United States took place.

She will be meeting the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, today and the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, tomorrow.

Prime Minister Bainimarama will be engaged at the Bua provincial council meeting today.

Senator Wong will be discussing how Australia and Fiji can best secure and help build a stronger Pacific family.

“The visit, in my first week as Foreign Minister, demonstrates the importance we place on our relationship with Fiji and on our Pacific engagement,” she said.

“Australia will listen to our Pacific partners as we work together to face our shared challenges and achieve our shared goals; including tackling climate change, pandemic recovery, economic development and regional security.

“I will meet as well with other senior ministers and Fijian women leaders, ahead of next month’s Pacific Islands Forum Women Leaders meeting.”

Senator Wong said climate change was also a topic of discussion.

“I will also meet Pacific Islands Forum Secretary-General, Henry Puna, and deliver a speech at the Forum Secretariat on the new energy and commitments Australia is making to play our part in strengthening our Pacific family,” she said.

“These commitments include taking real action on climate change at home and within our region, as well as increased development assistance and security cooperation, and reforming and expanding our Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme.

“I look forward to sharing our ideas on how we seek to bring together Australia’s defence, strategic diplomatic and economic capabilities to support our region’s priorities.”

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