Joint Australia-Fiji Statement
Today we were pleased to meet at Australia’s Parliament House to discuss our mutual commitment to enhancing engagement between our two countries.
The discussion provided an important opportunity to discuss ways we can build the bilateral relationship into a dynamic and productive partnership.
Minister Ratu Inoke updated Minister Bishop on Fiji’s further progress towards the 17 September elections. Minister Bishop emphasised Australia’s strong support for the electoral process.
Building on Australia’s in-principle acceptance of Fiji’s invitation to co-lead a Multinational Observer Group to observe the elections, Minister Bishop said she looked forward to the finalisation of the terms of reference for the mission.
Reflecting the growing official engagement, the two Foreign Ministers discussed a wide range of issues of common interest to both countries, including strengthening dialogue and people-to-people links. Preparatory work to re-establish defence ties was also discussed.
The expansion of trade and economic relations was highlighted, including programs to promote labour mobility between both countries.
The meeting was a constructive example of the commitment of Australia and Fiji to deepening and strengthening the relationship.