PM Reminds Soldiers To Remain United
The Prime Minister has reminded Fijian soldiers at Camp Ziouani, Israel of the need to remain united.
He addressed the soldiers before visiting the UNDOF Force Commander and Head of Mission, Lieutenant- General Iqbal Singh Singha.
In his address, he said the Republic of Fiji Military Forces started the new way forward for Fiji after the events of 2000 and 2006.
The general election had been done and 60 per cent of the voters had voted for FijiFirst to lead the country.
“Remember 40 per cent of the voters voted for me as they supported the way forward that we all started,” he said.
He was a bit concerned though that some members of the RFMF had voted for other parties.
“The Prime Minister urged all to remain united for the betterment of their children and the nation.
He said way back in 1978 to the time when he was appointed the Commander of the RFMF, the allowance for peacekeepers was only $18.
All past governments, he said, had not cared for the many contributions the RFMF had made for the beterment of the nation.
When he took over leadership with the support of the RFMF, he made the Government recognise the RFMF’s contribution. He raised the allowance for soldiers serving outside Fiji like in peacekeeping in the Middle East and Iraq.
On the After Care Fund, he said previously only those who served in the Solomons, Malaya and Christmas Island were entitled.
“Now all soldiers are also entitled to receive the After Care Fund.”
He said he had increased the After Care Fund budget for nexrt year.
The Prime Minister was to return to Fiji last Saturday but had decided to visit those at the Golan and especially the 45 who were taken hostage.
“I had wanted the 45 who were taken hostage to come back home but they wanted to continue with the mission.”
He said he had been told that they had been in conatct with their families regularly.
The Prime Minister thanked them for all that they had done and urged them to continue with their good work.
The RFMF Commander Brigadier -General Mosese Tikoitoga accompanied the Prime Minister on this tour in the Middle East.