‘Strategy to work together’

Acting Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed- khaiyum (right) looks on as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers his speech during a press conference at Sofitel Fiji Resort & spa Denarau, Nadi. Picture BALJEET SINGH

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the approach behind the Indo-Pacific strategy was not about opposing any country but rather about working together to deliver concrete results for people on issues that actually affect their lives.

He outlined this in his recent address in a joint news conference on Denarau Island after a one-day meeting with the Fijian government and Pacific leaders.

“The thread that runs through all of our engagements with Fiji is that we’re working together in a spirit of partnership, in a spirit of respect, to tackle shared challenges, to build upon shared opportunities,” Mr Blinken said.

“And that’s the approach behind our Indo-Pacific strategy, as a whole.

“This isn’t about opposing any country. It’s about the shared future we want to build together for people across this region. We’re proud to be building that future with Fiji.”

Mr Blinken explained to journalists the strategy was about building a free and open Indo-Pacific, defending it with democratic institutions, with transparency and with commitment to a rules-based order that they shared.

He said it was about connecting our countries together, deepening and stitching together different partnerships and alliances.

“It’s about building shared prosperity, new approaches to economic integration, some of which we talked about today, with high standards.

“Yes, it is about security, and we’ve been — we’re working through the strategy to deepen integrated deterrence across the region, the inter-interoperability of our forces.”

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