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Commander Returns From Security Meet

The Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto was among 29 senior military leaders from around the globe who attended a high-level security meeting
13 Sep 2016 08:27
Commander Returns From Security Meet
President Major-General (ret’d) Jioji Konrote (left) with the Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto outside Parliament yesterday. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

The Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto was among 29 senior military leaders from around the globe who attended a high-level security meeting in the Philippines last week.

He was part of the meeting to address common regional security challenges and promote military co-operation amid increasing tension in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

A release from Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, the military headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) stated the holding of the three-day Chiefs of Defence Conference (CHOD) hosted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) coincided with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders summit in Laos.

Colonel Edgard Arevalo, AFP spokesperson said defence chiefs and senior military leaders from Myanmar, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vietnam, India, Nepal, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Fiji, Canada, China, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, Chile, Colombia, France, Mexico, Peru, United Kingdom and the US attended the conference that that was held from September 5 to 7.

“The discussion centered on regional military co-operation and challenges, as highlighted by topics on future regional order in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, military co-operation in transnational security and prospects for maritime shared awareness, technology and innovation,” Colonel Arevalo said.

Since its establishment in 1998, CHOD has become the platform for multilateral military dialogue and sharing of regional and global perspective on common security challenges.

AFP chief General Ricardo Visaya, who led the activity, said he was optimistic that the conference would promote further co-operative ties in addressing terrorism, trafficking in persons, drug trafficking and other transnational crimes.

The Commander was back in the country in time to watch the Escott Shield win by the Army Green against Raiwaqa at Albert Park, Suva, on Saturday.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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