Diplomacy

John Key: Time to reset the relationship to move forward

New Zealand Prime Minister Hon. John Key said it is time to reset the relationship between New Zealand and Fiji in order to move forward together. During a joint press conference, Prime Minister Key highlighted topics that were discussed his first initial meeting with Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. KEY: “I had the opportunity with […]

Salote Qalubau

June 10, 2016 11:40 am

New Zealand Prime Minister Hon. John Key said it is time to reset the relationship between New Zealand and Fiji in order to move forward together.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. (Salote Qalubau/Newswire).
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key during a joint press conference this morning. (Salote Qalubau/Newswire).

During a joint press conference, Prime Minister Key highlighted topics that were discussed his first initial meeting with Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

KEY: “I had the opportunity with the Prime Minister to talk about the relationship…to talk about the areas that we are engaging together and to reset the relationship so that we can forward together under the spur of great friendship and positivity.” 

Prime Minister Key said NZ is also committed to the recovery efforts after Cyclone Winston.

KEY: “When cyclone Winston hit Fiji, New Zealand was pleased and committed to support the people of Fiji. As I said to the Prime Minister under my Government over the last 8 years we’ve been resetting our aid budget ensuring that more of it goes into the Pacific, with now over 50percent of New Zealand’s aid budget going into the pacific and increasingly large amounts of aid coming into Fiji.”

Prime Minister Bainimarama thanked PM Key for New Zealand’s assistance after Cyclone Winston.

PM Key said New Zealand and Fiji had been working together on specifically climate change.

KEY: “In 2013 New Zealand launched its clean energy summit in Auckland and that now has a billion dollars of commitment, it will see increasingly across the pacific renewable energy projects being developed and delivered for people. That is great on a great many fronts, it ensures that you have clean energy, its good for your balance of payments no longer requiring the bringing in of fossil fuels.”

Prime Minister Key added that the discussions were part of a crucial step in cultivating Fiji and New Zealand’s bilateral relationship.

KEY: “As I said to the Prime Minister, I did not come to Fiji to relitigate the issues of the last ten years, I came to Fiji to demonstrate actively that New Zealand wants to progress the relationship, that there is a great deal that we can and should be doing together.”

The New Zealand Prime Minister also invited PM Bainimarama to visit New Zealand at a time of his convenience.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said they also discussed trade agreements like the PACER Plus, upgrading of the double tax agreement and the employment scheme for Fijians in New Zealand.

BAINIMARAMA: “We have a much better understanding, of our respective positions and our  foundation in which we build our relationship between Fiji and New Zealand forward. I was able to update Mr Key on the progress of the relief and rehabilitation efforts and Fiji’s needs and  the needs of other vulnerable developing  states to urgently access climate finance assistance to boost our climate resilience.”

PM Bainimarama said Mr Key shared the same confidence that he had in the Fijian Government and in the capability and potential of the Fijian people.

BAINIMARAMA: “When discussing the many areas of cooperation that currently exist between our countries as the Prime Minister has mentioned, our talks covered Fiji’s progress and development has impacted the ways New Zealand can cooperate and collaborate Winston.”

Meanwhile, PM Key visited the HMNZS Otago which is in Fiji to help combat illegal fishing.

Mr Key will be visiting Nayala District School and will be returning to New Zealand this afternoon. 

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