Fiji and NZ to expand security partnership into policing
Quoting Radio New Zealand – 25 February 2020
“Fiji and New Zealand have agreed to expand their security partnership into policing co-operation.
“New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was hosted by her Fiji counterpart Frank Bainimarama today in Suva.
“A joint statement from the two leaders referred to the strong, positive trajectory of the countries' relationship, which includes addressing existential threats facing the Pacific region.
“Citing common security challenges, Ms Ardern and Mr Bainimarama acknowledged the success of a bilateral defence partnership programme launched last year.
“Having rebuilt defence links after some years apart following Fiji's last coup in 2006, security ties are getting closer again - the two countries have announced a foray into policing co-operation.
“A new programme to lift the capability of Fiji's police force is to boost the two countries' joint efforts to address transnational organised crime.
“The Prime Ministers welcomed the expansion of government-to-government links, which have flourished across a range of areas - including peace and security, climate change and disaster resilience, labour mobility, agriculture and fisheries.”
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