SUVA, May 1 (Xinhua) -- The assistance for Fiji's Conference of Parties (COP23) presidency has been the subject of talks in Sydney between Voreqe Bainimarama, Fiji's prime minister, and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull.
Bainimarama is in Australia for a four-day visit and met Turnbull at his home in Sydney's eastern suburbs to discuss this matter.
Bainimarama told Turnbull that it was critical to preserve the multilateral consensus contained in the Paris Agreement for decisive cuts in carbon emissions to arrest the current rate of global warming and reduce the impacts of climate change, including extreme weather events such as Tropical Cyclone Winston.
He said Fiji had deeply appreciated Australian assistance in the wake of the devastation caused by Winston in February 2016.
Bainimarama appealed to Australia to stand shoulder to shoulder with Fiji as it worked as COP23 President to keep up the momentum to tackle the underlying causes of such events on behalf of every global citizen.