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Fiji, Australia In Defence Talks

The Republic of Fiji Military Force (RFMF) will tread cautiously in its re-enagement with the Australia Defence Force. This was clear following a meeting yesterday between the RFMF chief of
09 Dec 2014 09:50
Fiji, Australia In Defence Talks
Rear Vice-Admiral Ray Griggs of Australian Defence Force (fourth from left), and Brigadier-General, Mohammed Aziz (third from right), during their meeting at Berkley Crescent yesterday. Photo: Rama

The Republic of Fiji Military Force (RFMF) will tread cautiously in its re-enagement with the Australia Defence Force.

This was clear following a meeting yesterday between the RFMF chief of staff, Brigadier-General Mohammed Aziz, RFMF senior officers and the Royal Australian Navy Rear Vice-Admiral Ray Grigg at RFMF Strategic Headquarters at Berkley Crescent.

RFMF spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho said this was the first high-level talks between the two defence forces after the events of 2006.

Lieutenant-Colonel Qiliho told FBC News:

“Our relationship has been broken off since 2006 with the aggressive posture taken with their naval deployment in the Kadavu waters in our territorial waters in 2006 and also statements by the Australian Defence Force chief at that time where there was talk of threat to our commander at that time.”

Lieutenant-Colonel Qiliho said Fiji is very cautious with the resumption of the defence ties, FBC News reported.

“It’s not just kissing each others on the cheek and pretending that nothing happened. We are here to start all over again. We do appreciate that something has happened in the past eight years. That is why RFMF is cautious about this re-engagement and this is the first step and we will start from here and see how things progress.”

Yesterday’s meeting was on regional security and a new beginning for the two forces.At the meeting, Rear Vice-Admiral Griggs was briefed on the RFMF engagements.

Brigadier-General Aziz and Rear Vice-Admiral Griggs also exchanged gifts.

The RFMF hosted Rear Vice-Admiral Griggs to a lunch after his visit.

Before the visit, he paid a courtesy call to the Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence Timoci Lesi Natuva.

They discussed new areas of co-operation in national security and defence between the two nations. Rear Vice-Admiral Griggs was accompanied by the Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, Margaret Twomey.

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