Helping keep borders safe

President of the State of Israel Reuven Rivlin been accorded a traditional welcome ceremony at Pullman resort Wailoaloa, Nadi. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

ISRAEL has vowed to work with peacekeepers from Fiji and the international community to protect its borders from Iranian forces.

President Reuven Rivlin said Fijian peacekeepers played a huge part in the protection of Israeli citizens.

“We greatly appreciate Fiji’s contribution to peacekeeping forces in the Middle East,” he said.

“I know that you are very familiar with our region from your time in the military national forces in Sinai.

“Today, Iran and its forces are threatening Israel while spreading terror throughout the region and unfortunately around the world.

“Israel will do all that is necessary to defend its citizens from the Iranian threat and we will work with your international peacekeeping forces to ensure that our borders remain wide.”

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama added that peacekeepers remain Fiji’s greatest export to the Middle East.

“For 40 years, thousands of Fijian peacekeepers have made that same journey, departing our shores to defend two of Israel’s flanks in the Golan Heights and Lebanon,” he said.

“As I speak, our troops continue to serve the cause of peace in the Golan Heights.”

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