UAE Armed Forces head of delegation, Major General Staff Pilot, Mohammad Rashid Obaid Al Ali and RFMF Commander, Brig-Gen Mosese Tikoitoga sign the MOU on military cooperation.
Fiji and the United Arab Emirates today further strengthened their bilateral relations through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on military cooperation.
The MOU was signed by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commander, Brigadier-General, Mosese Tikoitoga and Major General Staff Pilot, Mohammad Rashid Obaid Al Ali of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces.
The MOU will allow exchange of defence-related information, military training and education as well as cooperation in areas of security.
Major General Ali of the UAE Armed Forces said that the MOU is a huge step forward in enhancing military cooperation between the two countries.
“This document will assist us in beginning our cooperation together and we hope that we will work together on various fields relating to military cooperation,” Major General Ali said.
RFMF Commander, Brigadier General, Mosese Tikoitoga said that the MOU enhances the capacity of the RFMF and Fiji looked forward to working with the UAE Armed Forces.
“This MOU is the beginning of a new and important relationship in the defence agreement between the UAE Armed Forces and the RFMF which will go a long way in establishing formal negotiations and ties in furthering our engagements,” Brigadier-General Tikoitoga said.
“Fiji has served in the Middle East region for over 30 years, learning a lot from these peace-keeping efforts and we would like to thank the UAE Armed Forces for the opportunity to sharing their expertise with us.”
The UAE Armed Forces also expressed their appreciation to the Fijian government for hosting them.