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Saturday 28 May 2016 | Published in Regional

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FIJI – A 100-person guard of honour by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces will be mounted for New Zealand Prime Minister John Key when he arrives in the country on June 9.

RFMF chief of staff Colonel Litea Seruiratu confirmed the honour this week. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama also confirmed Key’s visit.

Key will also be accorded a full traditional iTaukei welcome ceremony.

Deputy Permanent Secretary for the iTaukei Affairs Apakuki Kurisiga said that all other details about the visit would be released by th e government later.

Key will be the first NZ PM since 2006 to make an official visit to Fiji. Relations between the countries had soured after the 2006 takeover.

They were restored after the 2014 general election. Despite differences over the Pacific Islands Forum, the two leaders have focused on areas that will strengthen relations.

- Fiji Times