10 Sep 2019

Fiji's leader going to Canberra on Thursday

5:38 pm on 10 September 2019

The Fijian Prime Minister will visit Australia later this week, less than a month after accusing Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison of "insulting and condescending" behaviour.

Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the COP23 Fiji conference in Bonn, Germany on the 12th of November 2017. COP23 if organized by UN Framework Convention for Climate Change. Fiji holds presidency over this meeting in Bonn. (Photo by Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto)

Photo: AFP

Frank Bainimarama is expected to touch down on Thursday for a five-day state visit, which is due to include bilateral talks with his Australian counterpart.

His trip comes as the smoke is still settling on the political fireworks at the recent Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu, where Australia came under attack for its attitude to climate change.

AAP reports that despite the diplomatic blowback, Mr Morrison is confident the state visit will be a success.

He told reporters in Canberra "I have a wonderful relationship with Frank Bainimarama and I'm looking forward to seeing him again".