Fijian Prime Minister Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama held bilateral talks on a range of issues with his New Zealand counterpart, Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern in Suva.
The two Prime Ministers acknowledged the kinship between Fijians and New Zealanders, one that has endured over decades, fostered through family connections, education and sporting links, trade, investment and tourism.
“Whether its building climate resilience and climate-focussed financial products, providing good housing, expanding access to home ownership, adding greater convenience and liveability to our urban centres, sustainably managing our farms and fisheries, building capacity in education and training, or opening new flows of trade, technology and expertise, we can look within our region –– and to each other –– to ride out the global economic headwinds we face, both now and on the horizon,” Prime Minister Bainimarama said.
Speaking on the kinship between the two nations, Prime Minister Ardern spoke about the Christchurch gun attack last year.
“As we approach March 15, I want to thank Fiji for the warm hand of friendship that you reached out and extended to us in our darkest of hours particularly as you yourselves lost your own in that attack.”