Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has called on India’s support, on behalf of Pacific Small Island Developing States, for this year’s climate change talks in Paris, France.

The Prime Minister highlighted this in a letter to his Indian counterpart Hon. Narendra Modi as he congratulated the Prime Minister on India’s 69th Independence anniversary. Prime Minister Bainimarama told Prime Minister Modi that “as the world’s biggest democracy and with your increasing influence in global affairs, Fiji looks to India for leadership on the great issues of our time.”

“From our perspective in the Pacific, the most pressing issue facing us is the impact on Small Island Developing States of sea level rises and extreme weather events caused by climate change. Fiji and its neighbours intend to spearhead the campaign for binding cuts in carbon emissions at the World Climate Summit in Paris at the end of November. And I specifically seek your support on this issue of the greatest importance to our wellbeing and, indeed, the very survival of some Pacific nations”, Prime Minister Bainimarama added.

As he paid tribute to the historic relations shared between the two countries, Prime Minister Bainimarama pointed to areas that have the potential to boost and strengthen the Fiji-India ties. He is expected to raise this issues personally with Prime Minister Modi when he meets with him in India later this month.

“Fiji also looks forward to strengthening our already close bilateral ties and exploring new avenues of cooperation. There are a number of areas that we believe offer opportunities for our nations to collaborate further, including economic cooperation, energy, healthcare, defence and building resilience against natural disasters – to name but a few.”

“We especially welcome India’s stated intention to engage more closely with the Pacific nations and play a greater role in our region. And in this context, I very much look forward to meeting you and my fellow Pacific leaders at the Forum on India-Pacific Islands Cooperation in Jaipur next week.”