Australia and Fiji establish new annual defence meeting

Fiji's Minister for National Security and Defence Ratu Inoke Kubuabola and Australia's Minister for Defence Marise Payne.

While visiting Fiji, Defence Minister Marise Payne has announced the establishment of a new Defence meeting and confirmed Australia will deliver a $2 million package of support for Fiji’s Black Rock training facility.

Minister Payne and Fiji's Minister for National Security and Defence Ratu Inoke Kubuabola agreed to strengthen the Australia-Fiji defence relationship by establishing formal, annual Australia-Fiji Defence Ministers’ meetings.

"I am pleased we are establishing a new Defence Ministerial Meeting between Australia and Fiji, as this further demonstrates our enduring commitment to deepening our defence relationship," Minister Payne said.

Minister Payne also offered a package of support for Fiji’s Black Rock training facility, which Minister Kubuabola accepted. The package will further enhance Australia and Fiji's defence co-operation in the area of humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and peacekeeping.

"Supporting the Republic of Fiji Military Forces to construct a humanitarian supplies warehouse at its Black Rock training facility will enhance Fiji’s ability to respond to natural disasters and other humanitarian crises in Fiji and the region," Minister Payne said.

"I was pleased to also offer the establishment of an Australian Defence Force (ADF) instructor position at the base to enhance the Republic of Fiji Military Forces’ peacekeeping capability.

"Australia appreciates the force protection role of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, for United Nations peacekeepers, including ADF personnel in the Golan Heights and Syria."

Earlier this year, Fiji agreed to purchase 10 refurbished Bushmaster vehicles from Australia and Minister Kubuabola also toured the Thales Eagle Farm facility during a visit to Australia in March.

Australia and Fiji establish new annual defence meeting
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted Content
Recommended by Spike Native Network

more from defence connect

Feb 23 2018
State rivalry for Defence work reaching hysterics: Raytheon Australia
Defence procurement projects that are seeing states go head-to-head to secure work from the federal...
Feb 26 2018
Melbourne to manufacture lifesaving technology for army vehicles
West Melbourne’s Tectonica Australia has designed and developed visual and audio technology that w...
Feb 23 2018
Rolls-Royce selected for Type 26 program
As Rolls-Royce Australia looks to develop a local Australian industry, BAE Systems has selected its ...