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Source: Prime Minister of Australia

I will travel to Fiji from 11 to 12 October 2019 to hold discussions with Prime Minister Bainimarama to advance the Pacific Step-up and progress the Vuvale Partnership between our two countries.

This will include bilateral discussions and sports diplomacy elements including attending the Prime Minister’s XIII Rugby League matches.

I will be accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and the Minister for International Development and the Pacific, the Hon Alex Hawke MP.

Australia enjoys a close friendship with Fiji. Last month, I hosted Prime Minister Bainimarama in Australia where we signed the Fiji-Australia Vuvale Partnership, a comprehensive agreement that elevates our bilateral relationship and further strengthens the bonds between our countries.

In particular, Australia and Fiji share a strong passion for sport. The Prime Minister’s XIII matches are an opportunity for us to come together to celebrate the sporting, cultural and people to people linkages between our countries.

Australia is committed to stepping up our engagement with Fiji, as a key regional leader, and the Pacific more broadly to address the opportunities and challenges that face our region.

I look forward to meeting Prime Minister Bainimarama again and building on our friendship and the warm relationship between our two countries.