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Naval Vessel Vendemiaire Set To Arrive On Thursday

    The French naval vessel Vendemiaire is expected to arrive onto our shores on Thursday. This was confirmed by French Embassy’s public affairs adviser, Moira Vilsoni after the official
13 Sep 2016 10:45
Naval Vessel Vendemiaire Set To Arrive On Thursday

 

 

The French naval vessel Vendemiaire is expected to arrive onto our shores on Thursday.

This was confirmed by French Embassy’s public affairs adviser, Moira Vilsoni after the official opening of the 2016-2017 Parliament year yesterday.

The French frigate will be carrying more than a hundred crew members including one Fijian naval officer. However, Ms Vilsoni said the French Armed Forces Commanding Officer, based in New Caledonia, Major General Philippe Leonard, will arrive tomorrow to await the naval ship.

“He will arrive for his first official visit on Wednesday for a three days tour and at the same time, await the arrival of the naval ship where he will be meeting with Republic of the Fiji Military Forces Commander and directors from the military and a meeting is also arranged with the interim defence minister.

“We will arrange an MOU for the implementation agreement, because at the end of the year, November 7th to 18th is the multinational military exercise. It’s called the Southern Cross ‘Croix du Sud’, so the Southern Cross is hosted by New Caledonia.

“The last one was a two year exercise so the last time they went Fiji went as an observer, so the RFMF sent a senior military officer as an observer. So this year we look at engaging RFMF,” she said.

Ms Vilsoni said they would discuss military bilateral issues.

Republic of the Fiji Military Forces Commander, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto refused to comment when contacted yesterday.

Meanwhile the President Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote thanked the French Government yesterday for their support to host the winners of a national essay competition on the Constitution in Paris. The winners will be announced on Fiji Day.

“Your fundamental national values of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, are values that we also cherish, and we can learn a lot from your 230 years of democracy,” he said.

Ms Vilsoni said the winners would have a chance to learn about French Parliament as well as French culture.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback: arieta.vakasukawaqa@fijisun.com.fj

 

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