South Pacific Defence Ministers Meeting preparations well underway

Minister for Defence National Security and Foreign Affairs Inia Seruiratu in New York. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE preparations for the 4th South Pacific Defence Ministers Meeting that will be held on Denarau, Nadi from May 8 – 10 is well underway.

The three-day meet is the first of its kind to be held in the country after Fiji attended its first meeting in New Zealand in 2017 and was then admitted as a member country.

The meeting is a regional forum of South Pacific Defence Ministers that provides an opportunity for regional Defence Ministers and Chiefs of Defence Forces to discuss common security challenges and identify ways to improve regional security cooperation.

The biennial forum involves Defence Ministers from Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, France and Chile with the United States and United Kingdom as observers.

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