Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has hit back at comments by his New Zealand counterpart John Key in relation to the arrests of opposition politicians at the weekend.
At a business council meeting in Fiji, Fiji's Trade Minister also scotched talk of Fiji pulling out of the regional trade deal Pacer Plus.
Frank Bainimarama was opening the Fiji Australia Business Council Forum with the New Zealand business council in attendance.
But he started by condemning Mr Key for warning him not to be "silly".
He said it was demeaning and something you would tell a child and described the relationship as testy.
In response Australia's senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells said freedom of assembly and speech were human rights and Australia was watching closely.
The three countries also agreed to work on Fiji's issues with the PACER-Plus trade agreement and Trade Minister Faiyaz Koya said media reports that Fiji had pulled out were absurd.