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   Government of the Republic of Fiji

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Media Release

UAE High Level Military Delegation visit

Suva, November 17- A senior military delegation from the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces will be in meeting with the Commander of the RFMF Brig General Mosese Tikoitoga today.

A 12 member team led by Chief of Staff Lt Gen. Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Romaithi will be here to have consultations with the Brig General Tikoitoga and his senior officer. The delegation will also make a courtesy call on the Defence Minister, Hon Timoci Natuva.

The meeting with Brig General marks the beginning of joint collaborations between the two Armed Forces, following the signing of the Defense Co-operation Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two Armed Forces in Suva on 10thJune 2014.

It is expected that the two military heads will discuss issues pertinent to military cooperation between the two Armed Forces and to discuss the modalities of the establishment a Joint Committee which would meet regularly to discuss areas of cooperation and collaboration.

Fiji’s resident ambassador to the Unite Arab Emirates, Ambassador Robin Nair said the visit was significant given that they were from a very sophisticated and highly regarded armed force.

“This visit is not only a military focused visit but also a diplomatic visit. It recognises the high regard that the UAE has for the foreign policy of Fiji and Fiji’s contribution towards peace in the Middle East region,” said Ambassador Nair.

He said the visit marked the recognition and tribute to the high quality of Fijian soldiers who continue to serve in the region since 1978.

“Much would be gained by Fiji from this relationship in terms of assistance towards training, equipment and possible opportunities for Fijians to be recruited into some of the categories of the UAE Armed Forces”.

The delegation arrives at Nausori in a special UAE Armed Forces Flight. They will depart lateron Tuesday evening after a day of meetings.