Fiji has to deepen trade and defence co-operation with the United States at talks yesterday in Washington DC between Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and senior US government officials.
The bilateral dialogue was the first to take place in the US since Mr Bainimarama took office following the 2014 Elections.
During the discussion, the Prime Minister gave a broad overview of opportunities to strengthen the relationship between Fiji and the US and work together on multilateral engagements.
“We believe our relationship with the US should naturally be a close one. We have fought beside you in two world wars and worked with you in important peacekeeping operations around the world.
“Fiji believes strongly that effective multilateral engagement is needed to address modern-day development challenges like terrorism, international crime and climate change. And we believe it is important for the US to be a full partner in those multilateral solutions,” he said.
The PM also expressed his disappointment in the recent announcement by the US President on America’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, but said that Fiji looked forward to continued engagement from the US to address the severe impacts of climate change.
“We have great faith in the goodness and reason of the American people and the private sector – including corporations and civil society – and we hope that we can continue to work together to stop and reverse the impact of climate change,” he said.
Source: Fiji Sun