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Sri Lanka Look To Sign MOU With RFMF

The Sri Lankan military wants to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces to strengthen their military-to-military co-operation. A highly decorated Sri Lankan officer,
20 Aug 2015 15:40
Sri Lanka Look To Sign MOU With RFMF

The Sri Lankan military wants to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces to strengthen their military-to-military co-operation.

A highly decorated Sri Lankan officer, Major-General Aruna Perera, confirmed this in Suva yesterday.

Major-General Perera is here to recruit rugby players to play for the army team in Sri Lanka.

“I’m here in the country to recruit about five rugby players – two No 8 players, two centres and one utility player,” he said.

Major-General Parera said they would be paying airfares and accommodation for these rugby players.

“Everything will be provided for them and even some bonus for their performance on the rugby field,” he said.

Major-General Perera said they would not receive their pay, as it would be deposited directly into their bank accounts for their families back in Fiji.

The Major-General said also to stop their wives from misusing their pay; they would have to seek the players’ approval for the amount to be withdrawn.

Sri Lanka’s rugby season he said was from November to March and the recruited players would have to be in Sri Lanka in October. Going beyond rugby, he said they would also put in place an exchange scheme for officer training.

Sri Lanka has a highly trained and experienced army.

“We have a defence university where officers could be trained in specialised areas and at the end get their degrees,” he said.

He said officers from Sri Lanka could also share their experience with the RFMF officers while here in Fiji.

Major-General Perera said they would also help in cricket and would send in three coaches; one each on fielding, batting and bowling.

Major-General Perera met the Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, yesterday.

Major-General Perera has also met with senior Republic of Fiji Military Forcers officers.

He has been scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on Monday.

Major-General Perera said the new MOU could be signed before the end of the year and would be effective next year.

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