20 May 2015

Fiji urges Japan to deal with it 'directly'

1:12 pm on 20 May 2015

Fiji has stepped up its rhetoric with Japan, saying the country should no longer deal with Fiji through third parties.

The Fiji Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, met with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, at the 7th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting in Japan.

Frank Bainimarama

Frank Bainimarama Photo: Facebook

Mr Bainimarama told Mr Abe Japan must deal with Fiji in a more open and direct manner - and with a greater appreciation of its position.

He says Japan shouldn't take advice from third parties about the relationship.

Mr Bainimarama also urged Japan to complete the Nadi River Realignment Project, which has had the support of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, or JICA.

He said Nadi is constantly at the mercy of floodwaters from the river that flows through the town, and a solution is needed urgently.

Mr Bainimarama also renewed an invitation for Mr Abe to visit Fiji.