Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka embarked on his inaugural visit to the Republic of Fiji Military Forces today, commencing at the Strategic Headquarters at Berkley Crescent where he was received by the Commander, Major General Ro Jone Kalouniwai.
PM Rabuka, accompanied by the Home Affairs Minister Hon. Pio Tikoduadua and his Permanent Secretary Mr Mason Smith, also visited the Stanley Brown Navy Headquarters in Walu Bay.
This marked the Prime Minister’s first visit to the RFMF since assuming office last December.
At the Stanley Brown Navy Headquarters, the Prime Minister was received and briefed by the Navy Commander, Commodore Humphrey Tawake.
The significant visit re-emphasised the important relationship between the Coalition Government and Fiji’s military.
It also fostered discussions on security and defence, national security related-issues, military strategies, and preparedness and responses.
The Head of the Coalition Government was accorded the honour guards at the respective headquarters followed by briefings on development plans and operations of the RFMF.
Prime Minister Rabuka ended his official visit at the Land Force Headquarters in Nabua where he was accorded a full traditional ceremony of welcome.
In acknowledging the RFMF, Hon. Rabuka expressed his sincere gratitude to the military for the ceremonies of welcome accorded to him today, saying he is “happy to be back”.
“I am happy with the way things are being driven at the moment, and today, I am here to congratulate you and wish you well for the future,” he added.
PM Rabuka thanked the military personnel for their dedicated service to the nation and the world through peacekeeping duties.
He also reminded them of their important role in society, at the same time, encouraged them to keep up the good work and to continue to serve with diligence.