100-Per­son Guard of Hon­our for PM Key

PM Bain­i­marama con­firms New Zealand coun­ter­part ar­riv­ing on June 9

Fiji Sun - - Fiji Today - MAIKA BOLATIKI Edited by Ne­mani Delaibatiki Feed­back: maikab@fi­jisun.com.fj

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.

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