Australia and Fiji have agreed to strengthen their bilateral defence relationship by setting up formal annual defence ministers’ meetings, the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra announced in a 2 November statement.
“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,” Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne was quoted in the statement as saying following a meeting in Nadi with her Fijian counterpart Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.
Payne also offered a package of support worth approximately AUD2 million (USD1.53 million) for Fiji’s Blackrock training facility, which Kubuabola accepted.
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