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Canada fires reinforce need for climate action: PM

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Devastating wildfires that swept across large areas of Canada have reinforced the need for nations to work together on climate change, Anthony Albanese says.

The prime minister met with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Mr Albanese passed on his thoughts to Mr Trudeau on the wildfires, which have destroyed millions of hectares across the country in Canada's worst fire season on record.

Australian firefighters have been assisting with efforts to put out the blazes.

"With climate change, we're seeing more extreme weather events (which are) more frequent and more intense," Mr Albanese said in opening remarks to the meeting.

"We have so much in common, and (are) working together on issues like climate."

The two leaders also reiterated their shared commitment to ASEAN centrality as a means to ensure stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

Mr Albanese also congratulated his counterpart on Canada signing a new strategic partnership with ASEAN.

Mr Trudeau said Canada would always work closely alongside Australia on a range of issues.

"Just about everything we can agree on, whether it's fighting climate change, whether it's the need for an international rules-based order, whether it's the importance of multilateralism, but most importantly these days, making sure life is affordable for our citizens," he said

"These are things that we have and we'll continue to work on together."

The two leaders will take part in the East Asia Summit in Jakarta on Thursday.