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Fijian PM meets top U.S General
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (far right) in talks with Major-General James Pasquarette in Suva. Photo by DINFO NEWS

Fijian PM meets top U.S General

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has met the United States Pacific Army Deputy Commander, Major-General James Pasquarette, in Suva.

Major-General Pasquarette, who is here in Fiji on a two-day visit, is leading a delegation from the US Pacific Army Command based in Hawaii.

In a courtesy call on the head of government, Major-General Pasquarette commended Prime Minister Bainimarama for Fiji-USA relations.

The US Embassy Regional Environmental Officer, Jason Brenden, accompanied General Pasquarette.

Meanwhile, also in Suva on the second day of a three-day visit is New Zealand Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee, who says it is an initial move towards rebuilding defence co-operation and engagement between New Zealand and Fiji.

“Following their successful elections on 17 September, Cabinet has agreed to lift the last remaining targeted measures against Fiji,” Mr Brownlee says. “This will allow Defence to move toward rebuilding co-operation.”

Mr Brownlee’s trip to Suva follows a list of recent visits by top military representatives from France, Britain, Australia and the US.

As well, Fiji has strengthened its military ties with China, India and the United Arab Emirate and is expected to host Russia’s defence minister early next year.

Mr Brownlee returns to Wellington tomorrow.


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