Reception to farewell and welcome French Defense Attachés.

French Ambassador H.E. Gilles Montagnier hosted a reception at the official French Embassy Residence to farewell the Defence Attaché (non-resident) in Fiji and Tonga, Colonel Arnaud Bouyssou and to welcome his successor, Commander Hubert Jannot.

"For obvious reasons, our military cooperation has slowed in recent years, however, our armed forces have never ceased their contacts and for that I thank Colonel Bouyssou, who did an excellent job in pretty difficult circumstances. Today, the time has come to find the good level of cooperation that was ours in the past. I’m sure Commander Jannot will have the heart to achieve this goal," Ambassador Montagnier told the Ambassador in a short speech.

He also recalled that with the French armed forces positioned in French Polynesia and New Caledonia, France is an important regional player in terms of stability. Signatory to the FRANZ (France, Australia, New Zealand) Agreement, under which, France would assist Fiji and Tonga in the occurrence of natural disasters. France is one of the big players in the Pacific region. This was particularly the case in December 2012 in Fiji (Cyclone Evan) and a few months in Tonga (Cyclone Ian), to name just two very recent examples.

The cocktail brought together defense attachés stationed in Fiji, as well as senior officers of the Fiji Military Forces and officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For photos, please go to http://www.ambafrance-fj.org/Reception-to-farewell-and-welcome,2317.

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Published on 30/07/2014

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