HON. PRIME MINISTER JOSAIA VOREQE BAINIMARAMA’S LETTER TO THE PNG PM THE HON. PETER O’NEILL AT THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE 46TH PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM LEADERS MEETING IN PORT MORESBY

ime Minister of Papua New Guinea
Office of the Prime Minister
Port Moresby.

Dear Prime Minister,
On behalf of the Fijian Government and Fijian people, I convey to you our warm greetings and best wishes for the success of Papua New Guinea’s hosting of the 46th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting.
As you know, our Foreign Minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, is representing Fiji and I have instructed him to do everything possible to help make the event a success.

I regret that I am unable to attend myself because of the refusal of Australia and New Zealand to step back and allow the Pacific Island nations to determine their own futures free from outside interference. We have significant differences with Australia over its policies on climate change in particular that are clearly not in the interests of the Pacific Small Island Developing States.

Fiji’s position on the PIF is well known and accepted by other island leaders. But while I will be absent from the Leaders Meeting, we will continue to be engaged with the Forum at ministerial and other levels. In saying this, I also assure you of our cooperation and support towards your Chairmanship and I look forward to working closely with you in addressing the priority issues that behove us as Leaders in the region.

With every best wish to you, Hon Prime Minister on the assumption of your new role as Chair of PIF.

Yours sincerely,

J.V Bainimarama
Prime Minister