16 February 2015
The Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General (LTGEN) Tim Keating, will travel to Saudi Arabia tomorrow to attend the next coalition Chiefs of Defence meeting.
The meeting is scheduled for February 18-19 and will take place in Riyadh. It is one of a series being held so coalition Chiefs of Defence can discuss the situation regarding Daesh.
“The New Zealand Government has made no decisions about possible New Zealand Defence Force involvement in training in Iraq, but it makes sense that there’s New Zealand Defence Force representation at such a meeting,” says LTGEN Keating.
“The meeting will be a good opportunity to receive updates on the situation.”
LTGEN Keating will also take the opportunity while he is in the region to visit New Zealand Defence Force personnel involved in the P-3K2 Orion deployment.
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