Acting Prime Minster and Minster for Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Security, Inia Seruiratu has reminded Republic of Fiji Military Forces officers to be ambassadors of the country and accept the changing nature of peacekeeping.

“Peacekeeping has changed significantly over the years. The external environment has changed significantly and this is perhaps the biggest driver, and demands that we also change within,” he said at Blackrock Camp in Nadi, where 168 officers have completed pre-deployment training for their mission in Iraq.

From this batch of 168, 89 will depart for peacekeeping duties on October 23, with the remainder leaving in January 2020.

The Acting Prime Minister also presented awards for best drill, best platoon in tent line, best academic trainee, most shots scored for the live firing exercise, best draft and best overall platoon.

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