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China’s Ambassador to Fiji, Qian Bo Salutes Fiji’s Peacekeeping Contributions

‘I would like to take this opportunity to salute to the Government, the people and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces’
12 Sep 2019 15:28
China’s Ambassador to Fiji, Qian Bo Salutes Fiji’s  Peacekeeping Contributions
Republic of Fiji Military Forces Deputy Commander Brigadier General Mohammed Aziz escorts the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Fiji, Qian Bo, to the Black Rock Camp in Nadi on September 10, 2019, to meet the RFMF personnel who will undergo pre-deployment training. Photo: Salote Qalubau

China’s Ambassador to Fiji, Qian Bo, has commended Fiji’s significant contribution to United Nations peacekeeping missions.

Ambassador Qian was officiating at the peacekeeping pre-deployment training ceremony for 168 Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) personnel at RFMF Black Rock camp in Nadi.

“Fiji has contributed more personnel to UN missions than any other state,” Ambassador Qian said.

“So here I would like to take this opportunity to salute the Government, the people and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.”

He commended the RFMF for paying attention to the pre-deployment training of men and women peacekeepers.

The Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Fiji, Qian Bo, while addressing the 168 Republic of Fiji Military Forces personnel who will be undergoing pre-deployment training at the RFMF Blackrock camp in Nadi on September 11, 2019. Photo: Salote Qalubau

The Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Fiji, Qian Bo, while addressing the 168 Republic of Fiji Military Forces personnel who will be undergoing pre-deployment training at the RFMF Blackrock camp in Nadi on September 11, 2019. Photo: Salote Qalubau

“There have been deployed troops in conflict zones such as Angola, Croatia, Iraq, Lebanon, Liberia, Sinai, South Sudan and Timor Leste, this is well-acknowledged by the international community.

“Fiji’s shining record in UN peacekeeping has proven that peacekeeping is a particularly important need for Fiji to provide a valuable contribution to UN efforts to mitigate tensions across the globe.”

He said this demonstrated Fiji’s commitment to the ideals of building a world of peace and stability.

The 168 troops will undergo six-weeks intensive training.

Members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces who will undergo pre-deployment training at the Black Rock Camp in Nadi. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces who will undergo pre-deployment training at the Black Rock Camp in Nadi. Photo: Salote Qalubau

RFMF Deputy Commander Brigadier-General Mohammed Aziz said the RFMF deployed 594 troops in seven missions to be working on the ground for peacekeeping duties.

“In the peacekeeping calendar here, this is the last deployment of our peacekeepers abroad and this is the largest contingent, but having said that we must also acknowledge the other two missions in Syria and in Sinai,” he said.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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