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Australia looks to extend assistance to FijiFirst government

Australian High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes says they are looking at extending their assistance to the FijiFirst government in the areas of defence.

The diplomat was among hundreds of distinguished invited guests at the swearing-in ceremony of FijiFirst party leader Voreqe Bainimarama to his second term as Prime Minister.

Feakes said they were involved in the uplifting of Blackrock Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Camp in Nadi.

He said over the past years, Fijian military and navy personnel had worked closely with the Australian Defence Force in combating issues such as drug trafficking in the region.

“We are going to provide any assistance to the Fijian government if the need arises and we will continue to support them. Talks are currently underway for more assistance to Fiji through defence and other areas that will greatly benefit Fijians,” Feakes said.

“In the future, we are looking at extending our assistance in the defence area by taking more Fijian soldiers for training in Australia.”..

Meanwhile, Fiji Military Forces Chief of Staff Colonel Jone Kalouniwai says they will continue to provide security for the FijiFirst government they are about to enter their second term of another four years.

His comments came after party leader Voreqe Bainimarama was sworn in as Prime Minister at the State House in Suva.

Colonel Kalouniwai said they would continue to provide the support that the government required.

“It doesn’t change anything for us. As we said that we will support the government of the day with the honourable Prime Minister coming into the second term.

We will continue to provide the support they require in terms of security and we will continue to stand by that and support the police in whatever role they play,” he said.

The event was also attended by the RFMF Commander, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto, Fiji Corrections Services Commissioner Commander Francis Kean, and Fiji Navy Maritime Commander Ledua Yaco.

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