Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta leaves for Suva, Fiji today and will attend the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, in Suva, Fiji alongside New Zealand’s regional counterparts.
Minister Mahuta says, “Aotearoa New Zealand is deeply committed to working with our pacific whanau to strengthen our cooperation, and share ways to combat the challenges facing the Blue Pacific Continent.”
“The Forum is the core platform for Pacific countries to talanoa and build consensus on issues of shared interest and importance like climate change, regional security and ensuring we continue to work together to maintain strong regional unity.
This meeting will include agreeing to an implementation plan for the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent.
Minister Mahuta says, “engagement that recognises, advances and reinforces Pacific leadership on regional security, and on climate ambition and climate resilience, is also critical to maintaining strong regional unity — and to supporting security and prosperity, both for the Pacific and here, in Aotearoa New Zealand.”
While in Fiji, the Minister will also undertake bilateral meetings with Forum Foreign Ministers and visit Adi Cakobau School.