30 Dec 2005

Parents of Fiji soldiers in Iraq welcome withdrawal comments from British PM

12:49 pm on 30 December 2005

The parents of Fijian soldiers serving in the British Army in Iraq are reported to be elated at Prime Minister Tony Blair's announcement that some of them may be withdrawn as early as in six months.

Mr Blair made the announcement when he visited British troops in Basra just before Christmas.

The parents in Fiji of some of those troops are reported to have said they were worried about their sons and daughters since they set foot in Iraq.

But the Fiji Times quotes some of them as saying they jumped with joy when they heard news of the possible withdrawal next year and are very happy.

1,500 Fijian troops in the British army have served in Iraq since the war started and one was killed in November last year when a roadside bomb hit his armoured vehicle.