Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
28th February, 2012: Ambassador David Satterfield, the Director General of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) Mission was accorded a guard of honor on his arrival this morning at Nausori International Airport, Fiji for a three day visit to the country. MFO is an independent international organization with peacekeeping responsibilities in Sinai.
Ambassador Satterfield's visit reflects Fiji's ongoing commitment to international peacekeeping, notably in conflict zones in the Middle East and North Africa.
This week Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama highlighted Fiji's participation in peacekeeping duties since the beginning of the MFO mission in 1982, and noted the confidence of the MFO mission in Fijian Peacekeepers.
"I take this opportunity once again to welcome Ambassador Satterfield to our shores and to thank the MFO Mission in continuing to support the work of RFMF personnel in the Middle East which has enabled our men and women serving in these troubled spots to develop their professional skills and military acumen, making them an integral part and critical players in the success of the MFO Mission", Prime Minister Bainimarama said.
Members of the Fiji Republic Military Forces (RFMF) serve a one year tour of duty, with approximately one-quarter of the Fijian Battalion rotating every three months. Many of our men and women have served multiple tours with the MFO as well as having served in other peacekeeping forces like UNIFIL.
Ambassador Satterfield also paid a courtesy call this morning to Prime Minister Bainimarama and Minister for Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs P. O. Box 2220 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji