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Fiji and Australia work on defence agreement

Christian Fernsby |
Fiji and Australia have commenced negotiations for a reciprocal Status of Forces Agreement.

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The bilateral agreement would facilitate Fijian and Australian defence personnel to undertake exchanges and joint deployments, as well as allowing the two defence forces to exercise in each other's jurisdiction.

Talks towards the agreement kicked off in a virutal meeting between the two countries' defence ministers, Fiji's Inia Seruiratu and Australia's Linda Reynolds.

Reynolds said the bilateral relationship is going from strength to strength. She noted Fiji's swift response in deploying the Bula Force to support Australia during the Black Summer Bushfires.

Seruiratu said the deployment earlier this year reinforced the importance of the two countries being able to move quickly to support one another, when required.

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