Albanese and Ardern set to visit Fiji

Newly-elected Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern will attend the 51st Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting in Suva between July 11-14.

Mr Albanese told reporters in Madrid, Spain, where he’s currently attending the NATO summit that he had a telephone conversation with the Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, and was looking forward to meeting him in Fiji.

“We talked about the Pacific Islands Forum that will be coming up and the important agreement that has been made, led by the Fijian Prime Minister to make sure that the Pacific Islands Forum can remain united and strong,” said Mr Albanese.

“That’s an important breakthrough and it was a very constructive discussion.

“We both look forward to having a meeting during the Pacific Islands Forum one-on-one as well as participating in that conference.”

A spokesperson for New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also confirmed she would travel to Fiji for the Forum Leaders meet.

“The Prime Minister will be attending the Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting in July,” chief press secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Andrew Campbell said in an email response to this newspaper.

“The program and agenda will be set by the PIF secretariat, but will no doubt include a focus on climate change and other regional matters.”

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