100-Person Guard of Honour for PM Key
PM Bainimarama confirms New Zealand counterpart arriving on June 9
A100-person guard of honour by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) will be mounted for New Zealand Prime John Key when he arrives in the country on June 9. RFMF chief of staff Colonel Litea Seruiratu confirmed this yesterday. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama also confirmed Mr Key’s visit. Mr Key will also be accorded a full traditional iTaukei welcome ceremony. Deputy Permanent Secretary for the iTaukei Affairs Apakuki Kurisiga said that all other details about the visit would be released by the Government. These had not arrived when this edition went to press. The New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji, Mark Ramsden, is in NZ and could not be reached to comment. It is understood he is there to help Wellington finalise details for the visit. He is due back in his office in Suva on Monday. Mr Key will be the first NZ PM since 2006 to make an official visit to Fiji. Relations between the countries had soured after the 2006 takeover. They were restored after the 2014 general election. Despite differences over the Pacific Islands Forum, the two leaders have focused on areas that will strengthen relations.