Pacific Islands Forum: An enduring commitment – Australia PM Albanese

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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will today meet Henry Puna, the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, in Canberra.

As the pre-eminent institution of the Pacific family, the Forum plays a critical role in bringing Pacific nations together to address shared challenges and opportunities.

The Prime Minister and Secretary General will discuss Pacific regionalism and Pacific Leaders’ priorities as set out in the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent, including climate change.

This meeting follows the Prime Minister’s warm and productive discussions with Forum Chair, Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown, last month at the G7 in Hiroshima.

Secretary General Puna will also meet with Foreign Minister Penny Wong and Minister for International Development and the Pacific Pat Conroy.

Prime Minister Albanese said: “Australia deeply values our membership of the Pacific Islands Forum. We are proud to be a founding member of the Forum and contribute to practical outcomes to support the Pacific’s priorities.

“I look forward to meeting with Secretary General Puna and discussing our shared approach to regional peace, prosperity and resilience,” he said.

SOURCE: AUST GOVT/PACNEWS