Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong is in Fiji to attend the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting Friday.

“This is my fourth visit to Fiji as Foreign Minister, which demonstrates the importance the Australian Government places on our deep and enduring relationship with Fiji, underpinned by our Vuvale Partnership.

“In Suva, I will meet Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Sitiveni Rabuka to discuss enhancing our Partnership, strengthening our economies, responding to the climate crisis and delivering for our shared regional interests.

Attending the PIF Foreign Ministers’ Meeting is an opportunity to listen, share ideas and act together, to build a peaceful, stable and prosperous region,” she said.

The PIF is the pre-eminent Pacific institution and ministers will discuss how we respond to the challenges we face with a regional approach, including standing together in responding to climate change, she said.

“It will also be an important opportunity to take forward implementation of the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent, in the Pacific Way, as we collectively build a region that safeguards our ability to decide our own destiny,” Wong said.