50-member Fijian troop to be deployed to Honiara

Smoke is seen coming from a burning store in Honiara, Solomon Islands, November 24, 2021, in this screen grab obtained by Reuters from social media video. Georgina Kekea via REUTERS

Fiji will deploy a 50-member troop to troubled island neighbour Solomon Islands tomorrow.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama confirmed this in Parliament today in response to the upheaval in Honiara.

He said the team would be dispatched to Honiara as part of a reinforced platoon embedded with Australian Force elements on the ground.

“Another 120 troops here in Fiji will remain on standby for deployment if needed to help maintain security,” Mr Bainimarama said.

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