French Armed Forces Try To Rekindle Ties With Fiji

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Commander visits to ‘deepen military relations and co-operation’

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Oct. 27, 2014) – Commander of the French Armed Forces in New Caledonia, Brigadier-General Luc de Revel met with his Fijian counterpart Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga in Suva today with a view to rekindle ties.

Brig-Gen De Revel says the meeting is to develop and deepen military relations and co-operation between the two countries.

"It's the aim of my visit, to meet officials and to discuss our military co-operation," he said.

He said the first visit was to initiate talks and set the platform for further discussions and understanding each other's perspective as well as priority areas and objectives.

"The aim is today, is not to determine exactly what kind of action, but to understand each other, find out what are our common objectives after that then we able to determine our co-operation.

It important for us as well as Fiji." Brig-Gen De Revel also expressed hope to see the relationship progress to the next level in 2015.

The French military delegation returns to New Caledonia tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Outgoing French ambassador Gilles Montagnier said they also wanted to be the first country to officially restart military relations with Fiji after the conclusion of the September 17 election.

The last time Fiji had French military personnel over for training was in 2006.

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