Commonwealth General Secretary Patricia Scotland recently participated in the annual leaders’ meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum, taking place in Suva, Fiji. During the meet, she interacted with the Prime Minister of Fiji – Frank Bainimarama.
Patricia Scotland lauded the country and its government for successfully hosting the meet and also praised PM Bainimarama for the support of Commonwealth initiatives, including the blue charter and Commonwealth CFAH.
She took social media and outlined, “A wonderful host in #Fiji & #PIF2022 chair, always great to see PM Frank Bainimarama. @FijiPM has always been a strong supporter of #Commonwealth initiatives, such as the #BlueCharter & #CommonwealthCFAH, to combat #climatechange & support #SIDS #PIFLM51 #CommonwealthForClimate.”
A wonderful host in #Fiji & #PIF2022 chair, always great to see PM Frank Bainimarama.@FijiPM has always been a strong supporter of #Commonwealth initiatives, such as the #BlueCharter & #CommonwealthCFAH, to combat #climatechange & support #SIDS#PIFLM51 #CommonwealthForClimate https://t.co/87RzWGcAp8 pic.twitter.com/3H66meqxV7
— Patricia Scotland QC (@PScotlandCSG) July 13, 2022
Scotland further remarked that it was her pleasure to visit the country and reaffirm the longstanding relationship with the Pacific region. She also optimised to listen to the partners, who will amplify the voice of the region for global action.
“It is always a great pleasure to visit the #BluePacific Continent and to reaffirm our longstanding relations with #Pacific friends,” she mentioned while adding, “I look forward to listening to our members & partners at #PIF2022 #PIFLM51 to celebrate & amplify the Pacific voice for global action!”
The meet was attended by many international leaders, which were welcomed by the PM. While welcoming the leaders, he stated, “A real pleasure to welcome my fellow Forum leaders to Suva! As I said at the Panel on Ocean Leadership, there’s nothing a united Pacific cannot do — from building a Blue Pacific Wall of the protected ocean to becoming the world’s largest supplier of sustainable blue foods.”
The United States Vice President Kamala Harris virtually joined the Pacific Islands Forum. Fiji PM praised the bond between the USA and Fiji and stated, “I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The USA is a Pacific power that has every reason to be a closer Pacific partner to our people, especially on climate, oceans, and maritime security. Hope to host you in Fiji soon!”