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Fiji Returns Favour For Aussies Help

Mr Bainimarama said the engineers were in preparation mode for deployment to Australia to help in firefighting and recovery efforts.
12 Jan 2020 10:58
Fiji Returns Favour For Aussies Help
Firefighters battle the Australian bushfire blaze.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama acknowledged yesterday that Australia has always proved willing to help Fiji during its times of need.

In a gesture of support and in true ‘Vuvale’ (Family) spirit, Fiji will send an engineering platoon from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) to help contain the ongoing bushfire crisis in the continent.

Mr Bainimarama said the engineers were in preparation mode for deployment to Australia to help in firefighting and recovery efforts.

“We’re working closely with our partners in Australia to determine where Fijian efforts can provide the greatest relief,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“Fiji will continue to stand side-by-side with our Australian ‘vuvale’ –– our family –– in this time of great suffering.

“The prayers of every Fijian are with those victims and first responders who are on the frontlines of this crisis.”

Mr Bainimarama had written to his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison, earlier last week to find out how Fiji could best support those whose lives were impacted by Australia’s ongoing bushfire crisis.

This includes on-the-ground support of Fijian troops to help our neighbours fight back the flames, rebuild, and recover.

Four years ago after Fiji was struck by Category 5 severe Tropical Cyclone Winston, the Australians quickly sent in its Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster with 15 personnel from the Australian Defence Force as part of the reconnaissance and assessment team.

This was followed by the arrival of the HMAS Canberra to assist islanders of Koro in the Lomaiviti Group.

Edited by Percy Kean

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