27 Feb 2006

Top US General in Iraq and Afghanistan visits Fiji

7:02 am on 27 February 2006

The top American general in command of all United States forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, General John Abizaid, visited Fiji at the weekend.

General Abizaid, who is the commander of US Central Command, had talks with Fiji's military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

The Sunday Times quotes a military spokesman, Captain Neumi Leweni who said the two men discussed military issues.

General Abizaid also called on the vice president, Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, and the prime minister, Laisenia Qarase.

General Abizaid says he has served with Fijian troops in Lebanon, Sinai and Iraq.

He says he knows how good they are and has praised their peacekeeping abilities.

The general's talks in Fiji followed similar discussions in New Zealand and Australia.