Summary: Fiji and Australia have agreed to enhance their partnership and cooperate on cyber security. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced the increased aid to Fiji, including the sale of Bushmaster protected vehicles and streamlined visa processing for Fijians traveling to Australia.
During their meeting, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Fiji Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka discussed the warm relationship between the two countries and the importance of traditional friendships. Fiji, under Rabuka’s leadership, has put a policing agreement with China on hold and has been seeking to strengthen defense ties with Australia.
Rabuka emphasized Fiji’s desire for the Pacific to be a ‘zone of peace’. In his speech to the Lowy Institute, he highlighted the intensifying rivalry between the United States and China and the responsibility of Pacific Islands countries to promote peace. Albanese acknowledged Fiji’s leadership role in fostering Pacific unity.
In addition to increased aid and budget support for Fiji’s economic recovery and growth, Australia will sell 14 Bushmaster protected vehicles to support Fiji’s peacekeeping operations. Fiji will also be included in a pilot program for streamlined visa processing, making it easier for Fijians to travel to Australia.
Tags: Fiji, Australia, cyber security, partnership, defense ties, Pacific Islands, aid, peacekeeping operations, visa processing