Fiji's PM To Play Down Climate Row On Australia Trip
Umer Jamshaid 1 month ago Sun 15th September 2019 | 11:40 AM
Sydney, Sept 15 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 15th Sep, 2019 ) :Fiji's leader Frank Bainimarama will dine with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday night, just weeks after the pair clashed over climate change at a Pacific summit.
Bainimarama arrived in Australia on Wednesday for five days of meetings with members of the Fijian community in Sydney and Canberra, as well as a bilateral meeting with Morrison on Monday when they are expected to talk trade and investment.
That summit ended in recriminations and finger-pointing as Morrison rejected Pacific leaders' demands to ban new coalmines and coal-fired power plants as part of their call for urgent climate action.
At the time, Bainimarama characterised Morrison as "very insulting, very condescending" for pointing out that Australia was the region's largest foreign aid donor.
"Whatever our differences on climate change, we have far too many things in common and we have been friends for too long to allow any lasting damage to our relationship," he said.
Morrison also played down the tensions: "I have a wonderful relationship with Frank Bainimarama. I'm looking forward to seeing him again.
Relations warmed when the leader convincingly won long-promised elections in 2014 and his legitimacy was further enhanced when he was appointed president of the United Nation's COP 23 efforts to mitigate climate change.
"We are asking Australia to speed up its transition out of coal and accelerate its investment in clean energy, an area in which it can lead the world and help halt the rise in greenhouse gas emissions," he said.