Prime Minister Honourable Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama was accorded a guard of honour and 21-gun salute while arriving at Parliament House in Canberra, this morning.

After inspecting the guard of honour, Prime Minister Bainimarama was escorted by his Australian counterpart Prime Minister Scott Morrison into the House where he signed the visitor’s book and also met some school children.

Following this, the two leaders met behind closed doors to talk about pressing issues ahead of an official bilateral meeting.

At the meeting, Prime Minister Bainimarama said he was focused on advancing the era of respect and openness that should continue to define the engagements between Fiji and Australia.

Prime Minister Morrison, in his statement, said that despite the differences of opinions, he was adamant to work closely with his Fijian counterpart, Prime Minister Bainimarama.

“We have a long-standing relationship and nothing can come between us. Australia is ready to assist Fiji in any way,” Prime Minister Morrison said.

Discussions on the agreement of the Vuvale Partnership started when Prime Minister Morrison visited Fiji early this year. The partnership tables out certain pressing issues that Fiji and Australia can assist each other on.



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