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President Konrote Is The First To Officially Meet South Sudan Counterpart After 2011

Also the first to complete visiting all peacekeepers in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Israel, Egypt and South Sudan President Major-General Jioji Konrote today paid a courtesy call on the President of
03 Nov 2016 11:00
President Konrote Is The First To Officially Meet South Sudan Counterpart After 2011
First Lady Sarote Konrote, President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote, South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit, Fiji’s Ambassador in Ethiopia Mosese Tikoitoga and Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto in South Sudan. Photo: DEPTFO News

Also the first to complete visiting all peacekeepers in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Israel, Egypt and

South Sudan

President Major-General Jioji Konrote today paid a courtesy call on the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit.

This was the first visit for any Head of State to South Sudan, which became an independent nation in 2011.

President Mayardit welcomed President Konrote and his delegation and took the opportunity to praise all the Fijian servicemen and women who are part of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

This included the current officers and those who served in previous years.

President Mayardit expressed South Sudan’s wishes to strengthen diplomatic relations with Fiji.

He is looking forward to receiving the credentials from Fiji’s Ambassador in Ethiopia, Ambassador Mosese Tikoitoga, who is also accredited to South Sudan.

President Konrote thanked President Mayardit, the Government and people of South Sudan for accommodating all the Fijian servicemen and women over the years.

He reassured President Mayardit that Fiji would continue to commit itself to serving humanity through peacekeeping duties in countries that needed such service.

Following the call on President Mayardit, President Konrote met and was briefed by the special representative of the UN Secretary-General in South Sudan, Ellen Magrethe Loj.

He also met with the Fijian servicemen and women over a talanoa session.

President Konrote is on the final leg of his visit to all of Fiji’s peacekeeping troops in the Middle East and Africa.

It is also the first time for any Commander-in-Chief of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces to successfully complete visiting all the peacekeepers in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Israel, Egypt and South Sudan.

The President’s visits has served to reassure the servicemen and women that Government and the people of Fiji continue to place a high priority on their welfare.

The visits also affirmed to the international community of Fiji’s commitment to contributing to wrld peace.

The President was accompanied in his visits by the Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto, Ambassador Tikoitoga and the Director of the RFMF’s Peacekeeping Operations Commander Humphrey Tawake.

The First Lady Sarote Konrote and five support staff from the Office of the President, RFMF and the Department of Information were also part of the President’s delegation.

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