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RFMF Asks UN to Help Speed Up Visa Approval in Iraq

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) has asked the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) to urge Iraq to speed up the visa processing for the Fijian soldiers.
26 Aug 2015 09:52
RFMF Asks UN to Help Speed Up Visa Approval in Iraq
RFMF Land Force Commander Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho.

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) has asked the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) to urge Iraq to speed up the visa processing for the Fijian soldiers.

RFMF Land Force Commander (LFC) Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho told the Fiji Sun that the slow visa process was affecting the rotation of Fijian soldiers in Iraq.

“We have sent in our visa applicaton to Iraq and we are waiting for the approval,” he said.

He said because of the delay some soldiers had spent two years in Iraq.

Colonel Qiliho said they hoped Iraq would positively respond to the DPKO’s request.

The rotation he said could only happen when the visa arrived.

Minister for Defence, National Security and Immigration Timoci Natuva also could not visit the Fijian troops in Iraq when he visited the troops and policemen and women serving in the Middle East and Africa in August because he had no visa.

He told the Fiji Sun that he had applied for his visa to Iraq three months before his visit but he had to skip the visit because there was no approval.

The RFMF, according to Colonel Qiliho, had already selected those to go to Iraq.

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