Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has reasserted Australia’s commitment to the advancement of the Vuvale Partnership.
In his congratulatory letter to Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka, Albanese said: “You can count on Australia as a close friend and partner.”
He said as discussed during their call on 1 January, Albanese looks forward to working with Rabuka to build on the close cooperation and warm relationship between the two countries under the Vuvale Partnership.
“I appreciate the strong and enduring ties between our countries and see many opportunities to work together to strengthen our economies as we recover from the pandemic, enhance our defence and security cooperation, implement real action on climate change, and protect the environment for the next generation.”
“Australia and Fiji also share a fundamental interest in a stable, secure and prosperous region. The Pacific Islands Forum is more important than ever, and Australia appreciates Fiji’s continuing work as Forum Chair to help restore and strengthen the Forum’s unity.
“As we discussed, in the spirit of our partnership, I would like to invite you to visit Australia as a Guest of the Australian Government at a mutually convenient time in 2023,” said Albanese.
“The Fiji-Australia relationship means a lot to me. Please don’t hesitate to call or message me if there are ever any matters you wish to discuss.”
“I would like to extend my warmest wishes to you, your family and the people of Fiji for a happy, safe and prosperous 2023,” Albanese said.