PRIME Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama recently arrived in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates at the invitation of the government of the UAE.
According to a government statement, the Prime Minister's visit to the UAE follows the ongoing participation by the Republic of Fiji's Military Forces including its senior officials at the International Defence Exhibition 2013 (IDEX 2013) which is being held in the UAE. The RFMF Band which is part of the RFMF delegation to the UAE was also invited to perform at the exhibition and in other parts of Abu Dhabi.
While in the Emirates, the head of government will also participate at the Gulf Defence Conference.
The Prime Minister is expected to meet the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the deputy supreme commander of the UAE armed forces His Highness Lieutenant General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to look at strengthening bilateral relations.
IDEX is considered the largest exhibition for public security and armaments in the Middle East and provides the unique opportunity to raise awareness of the latest in naval, maritime and coastal security technology equipment and crafts. Senior members of the UAE's armed forces as well as Fiji's envoy to the UAE Robin Nair met the Prime Minister on his arrival at Abu Dhabi.