18 Dec 2014

Fiji military says overseas ties help against internal threats

5:26 pm on 18 December 2014

Fiji says strengthening ties with overseas defence forces will help the country defend itself against any internal security threats.

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A spokesperson for the Fiji military told FBC News that the Sydney cafe siege, where a gunman held people hostage for almost a day this week, demonstrates the changing security situation.

Lieutenant Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho says that event, which claimed the lives of two hostages, shows how important it is for Fiji to engage with its defence counterparts.

New Zealand's defence minister Gerry Brownlee visited Fiji this week and held talks with a range of top military personnel including Army Commander Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga.

Mr Brownlee's visit follows a list of recent visits by top military representatives from France, Britain, Australia and the US.

Fiji has also strengthened its military ties with China, India and the United Arab Emirates, and is expected to host Russia's defence minister early next year.