PM at foreign ministers’ meeting

Friday August 12, 2016 Written by Published in Politics

Prime Minister Henry Puna is in Fiji where he attended the Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Suva yesterday.

 

In a statement, an Office of Prime Minister spokesman said the meeting was associated with the annual calendar of Pacific Islands Leaders Forum meetings.

The Pacific Islands Leaders Forum proper will be held in the Federated States of Micronesia next month. Puna will also attend those meetings, to be held in Pohnpei. Discussions on climate change and fisheries issues were expected to be the main agenda of yesterday’s meeting.

Also attending were foreign ministers from New Zealand and Australia who are also part of the Pacific Islands Forum.

Australia’s foreign minister Julia Bishop said in a statement they were working together with Pacific Island countries to enhance economic growth, sustainable development, good governance and security in the region.

“Increased vulnerability to natural disasters is an issue for all the countries of the Pacific, including Australia. We are helping our Pacific neighbours strengthen their ability to prepare for, and respond to, natural disasters and we are also working together on global action to mitigate the effects of climate change.”

Bishop was expected to discuss ways to increase cooperation to combat illegal fishing in the region through aerial surveillance, delivered through Australia’s Pacific Maritime Security Programme.

“Australia remains committed to working with Pacific Island countries to achieve our shared goal of a stronger, safer and more prosperous region,” she said.

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