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Fiji and France are working on re-opening bilateral defence ties, says Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga. The Republic of the Fiji Military Forces Commander  spoke about the move after his meeting
28 Oct 2014 12:39
New Ties
From left: French ambassador Gilles Montagnier, French Defence Commander in New Caledonia General Luc de Revel, and Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

Fiji and France are working on re-opening bilateral defence ties, says Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga.

The Republic of the Fiji Military Forces Commander  spoke about the move after his meeting with his French counterpart in New Caledonia, General Luc de Revel in Suva yesterday.

Defence co-operation stopped after the 2006 takeover.

Brigadier-General Tikoitoga said the meeting was a courtesy call from the French Defence Commander in New Caledonia “and the re-opening of bilateral ties between Fiji and France.”

“We are looking at  areas where we can have common goals in both our defence objectives,” he said.

“This is just the beginning of many more meetings that will come and we’ll organisee those meetings later this year or early next year.

“I’m very privileged to get a visit from a General who brings with him the French defence objectives into our common goals and we are very happy to entertain that in the  coming months.”

General de Revel said the relationship between Fijian and French combatants had always been close since the late Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna’s service with the French Foreign Legion during the First World War.

Fijian troops also served with French troops on peacekeeping duties in southern Lebanon.

“In the Pacific, the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces and the French Armed Forces continue comradeship for the safety of their people,” General de Revel said.

“This morning (yesterday), we had some meetings with the Fijian officials in particular with the Ministry of Defence, minister in charge of natural disasters and we talked about how to develop military co-operation between our two countries. Today, the aim of my visit here is to meet officials and discuss about our military co-operation.”

He said his meeting with Brigadier-General Tikoitoga was to understand each other’s priorities and objectives.

“The common objectives, we will determine.  I’m sure one of them will be maritime surveillance, for example, and maybe others because I’m not here to say we will do that but I’m here to talk and determine what we want to do. Not only to determine common objectives but also common benefits and how to co-operate with Fijian forces for the benefit of the Fijian forces and the French forces,” he said.

General de Revel and Brigadier-General Tikoitoga were last night hosted to a cocktail by French Ambassador to Fiji Gilles Montagnier.

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