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UNAMI Senior Leadership Wants Fijian Soldiers

The Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto on November 24, started his end of the year visit to soldiers of the Republic of
30 Nov 2019 13:30
UNAMI Senior Leadership Wants Fijian Soldiers
Commander of the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto inspecting the 50 personnel Guard of Honour at the Multinational Force and Observer Mission headquarters in South Camp, Sinai, Egypt.

The Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto on November 24, started his end of the year visit to soldiers of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces deployed on peacekeeping duties in the Middle East.

He met with the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Senior Mission Leadership, including the Head of Mission and Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) Jeanine Hennis-Plasscheart, the Chief of Staff Mark Rutgers, and the Chief Mission Support.

Ms. Hennis-Plasscheart told the Commander that Fiji’s Guard Unit in Iraq played a crucial role in enabling the various elements of the mission to achieve their objectives. She reiterated that she was very pleased with the professionalism displayed by the Fiji Contingent daily and that it was in the UNAMI missions’ interests to continue to have members of the RFMF serving in the Mission.

The Commander reassured the SRSG that Fiji would remain serving in UNAMI for as long as the United Nations required its services, and reaffirmed Fiji’s commitment to the mission and its mandate in Iraq.

 

The Commander RFMF Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto with UNAMI Head of Mission and Special Representative of the Secretary General, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert in UNAMI Headquarters, Baghdad, Iraq on November 25, 2019

The Commander RFMF Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto with UNAMI Head of Mission and Special Representative of the Secretary General, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert in UNAMI Headquarters, Baghdad, Iraq on November 25, 2019

Director Peace Support Operations Colonel Pacolo Luveni who is with the Commander said these sentiments were echoed by all UNAMI senior leadership that met with Rear Admiral Naupoto.

Lieutenant-Colonel Luveni said on November 27 the Commander began his two-day visit to the Multinational Force and Observer Mission (MFO) Headquarters in South Camp, Sinai, Egypt.

“The Commander will spend two days visiting senior mission leadership and the troops of the Second Fiji Infantry Regiment (2FIR) under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Jone Verebasaga,” he said.

On arrival in South Camp,  Lieutenant-Colonel Luveni said the Commander was accorded a 50 personnel Honour Guard.

He said during the next two days, the Commander would have strategic discussions with MFO Force Commander Major General Simon Stuart, and his replacement, Major General Williams of New Zealand.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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