25th August 01:45 AM
Bainimarama in Tuvalu for 50th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting
By Semi Turaga
Sunday 11/08/2019
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has arrived in Funafuti in Tuvalu [Photo:Fijian Government]

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has arrived in Funafuti in Tuvalu to attend the 50th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting.

Bainimarama was received by the Prime Minister of Tuvalu Enele Sopoaga and was greeted with a warm reception.


[Photo:Fijian Government]

Bainimarama is returning to the Pacific Islands Forum for the first time in many years.

The Prime Minister was greeted with a powerful demonstration of children sitting submerged in the sea around their island home and singing a specially composed “Save our Tuvalu, Save the World” song.


[Photo:Pacific Islands Forum]

He is accompanied by the Permanent Secretary for the Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Sugar and Immigration, Yogesh Karan who is also the Acting Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs.

Climate change will be the main issue of the meeting, along with economic development, maritime security and marine pollution.

The meeting will also be attended by Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

This is Morrison's first time attending the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting.


[Photo:Pacific Islands Forum]

Papua New Guinea's New Prime Minister James Marape will also be attending the meeting along with the Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogovare.

The 50th Pacific Islands Forum meetings start tomorrow and finish on Friday.

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