Fiji's prime minister wasn't afraid to speak his mind about differences with Australia in his meeting with Scott Morrison in Canberra.
The pair posed for the cameras before a bilateral meeting at Parliament House, just weeks after Frank Bainimarama accused Australia of being "insulting and condescending".
"Neither of us baulk at speaking our minds, and I believe we both hold a clear view of our priorities and a shared understanding of how we can live up to the high aspirations of the partnership," Mr Bainimarama said on Monday.
"No-one expects that our differences can be resolved quickly or easily, but we must never fall down in forging common ground."
The Fijian leader also used an address at the Australian War College later on Monday to again urge the government to step up its response on climate change.
"Because it is the greatest threat to our security in the Pacific and for my own people," Mr Bainimarama said.
He also made a thinly veiled swipe at Australia's response to the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, which says the average global temperature need to be capped at 1.5 degrees above the pre-industrial age.
"It is a matter of great regret that certain fossil fuel producers have insisted that the IPCC report not be included in the ongoing global climate negotiations," he said.
"What has been removed from the table must be put back on the table."
When the report was released, then-environment minister Melissa Price said the scientists were "drawing a long bow" to say coal should be phased out by 2050.
The two leaders also signed the Fiji-Australia Vuvale Partnership on Monday, strengthening security and economic ties.
Vuvale is the Fijian word for "family", which Mr Morrison has stressed as a key part of his Pacific Step Up program, to build closer ties between Australia and the Pacific.
In his speech, Mr Bainimarama told the college a successful family saw everyone act in the collective interest, not just their own.
The Fijian leader said Australians were already bearing the brunt of climate change, with the recent bushfires, the ongoing drought and cities and towns facing water shortages.
Mr Bainimarama recently accused Australia of being insulting over negotiations about climate change at the Pacific Islands forum.
But Mr Morrison has readily played up the relationship between the two countries, including in an official visit to Fiji in January.
"The people-to-people relationships, the strategic relationships, the economic partnerships, they're not new, they go back many, many, many generations," Mr Morrison said on Monday.
"For whatever other complexities there are in the world today, one certainty is the relationship that exists between the people of Australia and the people of Fiji.
"I think that will always endure."
Australian Associated Press