Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Australian PM to meet Pacific Islands Forum secretary general

AUSTRALIA

Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, will tomorrow meet with the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Henry Puna, in Canberra.

As the pre-eminent institution of the Pacific family, the Forum plays a critical role in bringing Pacific nations together to address shared challenges and opportunities.

The Prime Minister and Secretary General will discuss Pacific regionalism and Pacific Leaders’ priorities as set out in theĀ 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent, including climate change.

“Australia deeply values our membership of the Pacific Islands Forum. We are proud to be a founding member of the Forum and contribute to practical outcomes to support the Pacific’s priorities,” said Mr Albanese.

“I look forward to meeting with Secretary General Puna and discussing our shared approach to regional peace, prosperity and resilience.”

The meeting follows Prime Minister Albanese’s discussions with Forum Chair, Cook Islands Prime Minister, Mark Brown, last month at the G7 in Hiroshima.

Secretary General Puna will also meet with Australian Foreign Minister, Penny Wong and Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Pat Conroy.

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