PM heaps praise on Tu­valu for be­ing ex­cel­lent hosts

Fiji Sun - - 50th Pacific Islands Forum - ILAIJIA RAVUWAI Edited by Percy Kean Feed­back: [email protected]­jisun.com.fj

Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama has praised the Tu­valu Gov­ern­ment for the ex­cel­lent work of host­ing the 50th Pa­cific Is­lands Fo­rum meet­ing in Funafuti,Tu­valu this week. And he promised Tu­val­u­ans that: “This fight against cli­mate change does not stop here, we are go­ing to make sure that the lead­ers take this fight to the UN this year.”

They have been hos­pitable, the food was lovely and the smiles on chil­dren’s faces were one in a mil­lion. Voreqe Bain­i­marama Prime Min­is­ter of Fiji

Mr Bain­i­marama was im­pressed with how smoothly events, ne­go­ti­a­tions, bi­lat­eral talks and di­a­logue fo­rums were con­ducted.

“The peo­ple of Tu­valu had re­ally gone out of their way to pre­pare for del­e­gates and ba­si­cally ev­ery­one who came for the 50th Pa­cific Is­lands Fo­rum meet­ing,” he said. “They have been hos­pitable, the food was lovely and the smiles on chil­dren’s faces were one in a mil­lion.”

Prime Min­is­ter Bain­i­marama said that “right from the start, we have been de­ter­mined that Fiji’s ef­forts be not only on be­half of our­selves but ev­ery cli­mate-vul­ner­a­ble per­son in our re­gion.

“Tu­valu’s lead­er­ship of the cli­mate strug­gle and the par­tic­u­lar vul­ner­a­bil­ity of your na­tion was rec­og­nized back in May when the UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral, An­to­nio Guter­res, came to Tu­valu and no­ticed your chal­lenges.

PM Bain­i­marama is ex­pected to be in Aus­tralia later this year to con­tinue talks with Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son on the ef­fects of cli­mate change.

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