INDONESIAN ENVOY VISITS FIJI MILITARY

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SUVA, Fiji (The Fiji Times/PINA Nius Online) - Indonesian Ambassador Albert Matontang paid a courtesy visit to the Fiji Military Forces yesterday, as part of growing Fiji-Indonesia links.

Matontang praised the Fiji Military Forces for its contributions to peacekeeping around the globe. He also stressed the need for countries to work closely after the recent terrorist attack on Bali, Indonesia's main tourism resort area.

"There is a need to establish a networking system so that we could better fight terrorism which is now coming closer to the Pacific," he said.

Indonesia recently established an embassy in Suva to cover Fiji and other Pacific Islands countries. The Indonesian province of Papua has a long land border with Papua New Guinea and sea borders with Federated States of Micronesia and Palau.

There is a Fiji Navy officer studying in Indonesia and Matontang hopes that Fiji will continue to send officers over for more training. At the same time, they would establish a network that would make it easier to work together.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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