“Fiji is not anyone’s backyard – we are a part of a Pacific family,” Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
“In that spirit, I had a wonderful meeting with Foreign Minister (Penny Wong) to strengthen our Vuvale Partnership with Australia,” he said, using a Fijian word meaning “friendship”.
“As part of great discussion, we’ve called the climate crisis by its name and committed to tackle it together,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Friday.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said support would be the first step, and Australia could differentiate its offering to the Pacific from what China has pledged.
Senator Wong warned there were regional consequences to a security pact between Solomon Islands and China after the Chinese minister said interference in the deal would fail.