FANC Commander, Brigadier General Luc de Revel in Fiji on official visit.

FANC Commander, Brigadier General Luc de Revel in Fiji on official visit.

SUVA: THE senior commander of the French Armed Forces of New Caledonia (COMPSUP FANC), Brigadier General Luc de Revel was in Fiji on a two-day official visit.

He met with Fiji Prime Minister, Hon Voreqe Bainimarama, the Defense Minister, Hon Timoci Natuva and the Minister in charge of disaster management, Hon Inia Seruiratu.

During a meeting with his Fijian counterpart in Suva, Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga, the two military commanders discussed and explored opportunities to renew bilateral and military relationships between Fiji and France, in association with the French regional territories in the region.

“Even it never really stopped, defense co-operation between France and Fiji slowed down after 2009. With Fiji’s successful return to a democratic parliament, strengthening co-operation, especially in the military is the next step”, said French Ambassador Gilles Montagnier.

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Fijian Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama with French Ambassador Gilles Montagnier, New Caledonia Commander, General Luc de Revel, Fiji Military Commander, Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga, Fiji Defense Minister, Timoci Natuva, French Defense Attaché, Commander Hubert Jannot, Deputy Head of Mission, Jules Irrmann, Brigadier-General Mohammed Aziz (RFMF) and Dr Héléne Goiran-Ponsard (FANC) at the French Residence. Ambassador Montagnier hosted a lunch at the Residence.

“The aim of my visit here is to meet officials and discuss about our military co-operation, cooperation between equals and for our mutual interest” General de Revel said in a press conference.

He also stressed the fact that France and Fiji share the privilege and honor to be important contributors to UN peace keeping operations and that the bonds between the two countries in this area are very old: nobody can forget that Ratu Sukuna fought in the French legion during the First World War and that many Fijians who sacrificed their lives in Calais and Marseille are buried in France. The exhibition French Embassy is organizing in partnership with the Fiji Museum about Ratu Sukuna will be a useful reminder of this, especially for the younger generations.

General de Revel’s visit has provided the platform for further consultation between the two armed forces.

He was accompanied by the embassy’s Noumea-based Defense Attaché, Commander Hubert Jannot and Dr Héléne Goiran-Ponsard from the International Affairs office.

Based in New Caledonia, FANC counts 1500 military staff and equipment such as aircraft and patrol boats.

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Published on 30/10/2014

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