18 Jun 2009

Australian and NZ foreign ministers concerned about Fiji's economy

7:06 pm on 18 June 2009

The foreign ministers of New Zealand and Australia say the global economic downturn is making Fiji's situation worse and is affecting the wider Pacific as well.

The ministers have just met in Wellington for six-monthly talks.

Australia's Stephen Smith says they have concerns that Fiji's worsening economic situation is being compounded by the global recession.

He says that issue will become a focus of the Pacific Islands Forum in Cairns in August.

"Not just how Fiji is suffering from the economic downturn but more general how our friends and partners in the Pacific are coping with the deleterious economic circumstances that the global financial crisis has currently left us with."

Australia's foreign minister Stephen Smith