United front for US, Fiji

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) with acting Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum prepare to meet the Pacific island leaders via Zoom at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa in Nadi. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

Fiji and the US are both working in support of a more secure, stable and peaceful region, but there is far more we need to do together as partners in this battle of our lives, says acting Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

“As a nation that shares many of our struggles and our values, America is uniquely positioned to be a direct partner to Fiji for peace and climate security not only across the Indo-Pacific, but here in the Blue Pacific.

“And not only because America is a large emitter that must cut its carbon emissions, but because it is an innovator that can create climate solutions. We need American might and its minds – as well as pioneering solutions and investments – here, at the shores of this Blue Frontier.”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Fiji yesterday for a day’s meeting with Pacific leaders before returning to Hawaii last night.

The last visit made by a US Secretary of State to Fiji was in 1985.

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