I will travel to Vanuatu and Fiji from 16-18 January 2019, along with the Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Anne Ruston. As my first international engagements of the year, these visits reflect the depth of Australia’s commitment to our Pacific neighbours.
Australia enjoys a close relationship with Vanuatu. I look forward to working with Prime Minister Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas to reinforce Australia as Vanuatu’s economic, development and security partner of choice.
In Fiji, Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama and I will elevate the bilateral relationship between Australia and Fiji to a new level. We will deepen our economic and security cooperation, strengthen our people-to-people links and work together to respond to shared regional challenges.
I am committed to stepping up Australia’s engagement in the Pacific to support a stable and prosperous region.
I look forward to working closely together with my friends and partners in Vanuatu and Fiji to build strong bilateral relationships for the future.