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Minister For Defence Acknowledges Indonesian Military For QVS Assistance

Minister for Defense and National Security Hon. Ratu Inoke Kubuabola yesterday acknowledged the Indonesian military for its assistance in reconstructing Queen Victoria School, a school that was severely damaged by
03 Nov 2016 14:35
Minister For Defence Acknowledges Indonesian Military For QVS Assistance
Minister for Defence and National Security Hon. Ratu Inoke Kubuabola and f of the Tentara Nasional Armed Forces/Indonesia National Armed Forces (TNI) Chief General Gatot Nurmantyo. Photo:DEPTFO

Minister for Defense and National Security Hon. Ratu Inoke Kubuabola yesterday acknowledged the Indonesian military for its assistance in reconstructing Queen Victoria School, a school that was severely damaged by Cyclone Winston.

 

Hon. Ratu Inoke who is currently in Indonesia expressed the Fijian Government’s gratitude towards the deployment of the 100 military engineers during his meeting with the Chief of the Tentara Nasional Armed Forces/Indonesia National Armed Forces (TNI) Chief General Gatot Nurmantyo.

 

He expressed the hope that the cordial relations between Fiji and Indonesia could be further strengthened by the collaboration between the TNI and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces through a Defence Cooperation Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) which he proposed.

 

He stated that such cooperation would augur well for Fiji to be able to learn from the TNI in areas of training, education and capacity building including joint exercises between the military and navy of the two countries.

 

Hon. Ratu Inoke further extended an invitation to General Gatot to visit Fiji when he finds the time in the near future.

 

General Gatot stated that they were grateful to contribute to the Fijian Government’s reconstruction efforts through his soldiers at QVS.

 

He also welcomed the idea of an MOU on Defence Cooperation and the opportunity to deepen Indonesia and Fiji relations through it. He also expressed the hope that once the MOU is finalised he may have the opportunity to visit Fiji to witness the joint naval exercise among other activities.

 

The Fijian delegation will continue their visit in Jakarta until Friday and are expected to make a courtesy call to the Indonesian Minister of Defence and also visit Indonesia’s Peacekeeping Center.

 



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