United States President Joe Biden has been invited to the next Pacific Island Leaders’ Summit, by the Fijian government.
This message was passed by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama to the deputy Assistant to the President of the United States and National Security Council Indo-Pacific Coordinator, Kurt Campbell during a courtesy call on the Fijian leader by the US delegation.
Mr Bainimarama expressed the Fijian Government’s appreciation to the United States for its support to Fiji and the Pacific Vuvale during times of great need, especially in the provision of life-saving vaccines, which contributed to Fiji reopening its international borders and reviving its tourism industry.
Prospective partnerships between the two nations in areas of climate change and oceans, disaster risk management and resilience, humanitarian services, and socioeconomic development were highlighted at the meeting.
In his capacity as the Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), Mr Bainimarama acknowledged the United States for its support to the Forum.
He conveyed the Forum’s profound appreciation to President Biden for addressing the first PIF leaders meeting under Fiji’s chairmanship last year.
He said Fiji and the region were inspired by President Biden’s exemplary leadership and commitment to climate and ocean action.
An invitation was conveyed to President Biden to attend the upcoming Pacific Leaders’ meeting as well, which Fiji will be hosting.
Mr Campbell said discussions they had will pave the way forward to enhance collaboration between the two nations.
“I appreciate this opportunity to meet with Prime Minister Bainimarama to reinforce U.S. and Fiji cooperation on pressing global issues like COVID-19 recovery and climate change, and to have a strategic dialogue,” he said.
“This was also an important opportunity to discuss regional security developments in the region. Our cooperation is critical to advance peace, resilience, and prosperity across the region.”
According to a Fijian government statement, following the courtesy call to the Prime Minister, a regional security dialogue took place between the senior officials of the United States and Fiji.
The security dialogue looked at areas of cooperation in defence and security, with a focus on platforms to deepen the level of engagement for promoting a peaceful and unified region.