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Fiji, South Korea Boost Military Co-operation

  In an effort to further enhance bilateral defence and military exchanges, Defence Ministers of Fiji and South Korea signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Wednesday. The MOU was
27 Jan 2017 11:00
Fiji, South Korea Boost Military Co-operation
The MoU was signed by Minister for National Defense and National Security, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola and the Minister for National Defense of the Republic of Korea, Han Min-Koo in Seoul. Photo:supplied

 

In an effort to further enhance bilateral defence and military exchanges, Defence Ministers of Fiji and South Korea signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Wednesday.

The MOU was signed by Minister for National Defence and National Security, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, and the Minister for National Defence of the Republic of Korea, Han Min-Koo in Seoul.

This signing would see co-operation in the areas of military education and training, technology assistance, humanitarian assistance and disaster response.

It would further co-operate in international peacekeeping, military medicine, health services, sports and cultural exchanges.

Ratu Inoke said: “The MOU would promote friendly military relations between the two countries in the field of defence, peacekeeping and promoting the principles of equality, reciprocity and mutual benefits.”

In response Mr Han reiterated South Korea’s commitment to play its part in the implementation of the MOU, particularly, supporting Fiji in the areas of military technology, education and peacekeeping.

However, the implementation of this MOU would be monitored closely through high level consultation and senior officials working group.

Prior to the signing of the MOU, Ratu Inoke met with General Lee Sun-jin, the chairman of Joint Chief-of-Staff of the Republic of Korea.

General Lee expressed willingness of the South Korean military to provide all the necessary support to ensure the MoU is implemented in the true spirit of co-operation and friendly relations.

Ratu Inoke also visited Seoul National Cemetery and paid his respects to the fallen South Korean servicemen and women in a wreath laying ceremony.

During his tour, he also visited the Korea Military Academy where he was informed of the Academy’s commitment to provide officers training.

Ratu Inoke was accompanied by Fiji’s Ambassador to South Korea Filimone Kau, Republic of Fiji Military Forces chief-of-staff Colonel Litea Seruiratu and senior advisor Joji Dumukuro and the Embassy staff.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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