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New Agreement Strengthens Tonga,-NZ Defence Relationship.

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1 May 2013 The Tonga Defense Services and the New Zealand Defense Force build a relationships through a treaty agreement signed by the Prime Minister of Tonga and the New Zealand Minister of Defense.

The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga, Lord Tu’ivakano and the New Zealand Minister of Defense, Dr Jonathan Coleman signed a treaty level agreement today that will build the relationship between the Tonga Defense Services (TDS) and the New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF).

Lord Tu’ivakano said, “The Tonga – New Zealand visiting Forces Agreement will allow members of the New Zealand Defense Force to stay temporarily in Tonga which will enable increased inter-operability with the TDS.

The agreement was signed at the inaugural South Pacific Defense Minister’s Meeting hosted by the Tonga which Doctor Coleman is currently attending, along with representative from Australia, Papua New Guinea, France and Chile.

“New Zealand’s defense relationship with Tonga is priority within the South Pacific region”, Dr Coleman said, “The TDS is a valuable partner for the NZDF. We’ve worked closely together on regional security operations such as the Regional Assistance mission in Solomon Islands (RAMSI)

Lord Tu’ivakano said, “Our historical defense cooperation dates back to World War One when Tongan citizens served with the New Zealand Army. More recently, we have worked in partnership on projects in Tonga, exercises in our region and in preparation for operations further afield”.

ENDS

Issued by: Information Unit, Tonga Defense Services, Nuku'alofa, 2013

Last Updated ( Sunday, 05 May 2013 18:31 )
 
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