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PM Visits Soldiers At UNDOF

A 50- man guard of honour was accorded to the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama when he arrived at Camp Ziouani in Israel on Sunday. His wife, Mary, and Fiji’s High
02 Dec 2014 10:49
PM Visits Soldiers  At UNDOF
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (left), receives a tabua during the traditional welcome ceremony at Camp Ziouani, Israel. Photo: RFMF Media Cell

A 50- man guard of honour was accorded to the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama when he arrived at Camp Ziouani in Israel on Sunday.

His wife, Mary, and Fiji’s High Commissioner in London, Solo Mara, accompanied him.

The Deputy Force Commander, Brigadier-General Tony Hanlon met Mr Bainimarama.

In response to a request from the United Nations in July, Ireland nominated Brigadier- General Hanlon for the post of Deputy Force Commander of UNDOF Mission.

Ireland’s nomination was successful and the United Nations appointed Brigadier-General Hanlon to the post with effect from September 20, 2014, for a year.

After morning tea, Mr Bainimarama attended a church service with our soldiers and the Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Brigadier- General Mosese Tikoitoga.

Mr Tikoitoga arrived at Camp Ziouani last week to receive Mr Bainimarama.

The PM was also accorded a traditional welcome ceremony.

He also met the 45 soldiers who were taken hostage for two weeks by the Jabhat al-Nusra Front in September.

When they were released the Prime Minister said: “As a nation, we held grave fears for their safety, but after two anxious weeks, our prayers were answered and our men were freed.”

“We will never forget your role in keeping our men safe so that they can continue to fulfill their UN mandate and eventually return safely to their families and friends in Fiji.”

Yesterday he visited the Force Commander who is the head of mission, Lieutenant- General Iqbal Singh Singha.

From Camp Ziouani, the Prime Minister will go to the UN Truce Supervisory Organisation in Lebanon accompanied by Tikoitoga

RFMF Land Force chief operations officer, Lieutenant- Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho said the visit by the Prime Minister and the RFMF Commander would really boost the morale for our soldiers at UNDOF and UNIFIL.

He said the Commander would also be holding talks with UNIFIL on the possible redeployment of the Fijian soldiers now at Camp Ziouani to the UNIFIL in Lebanon.

Camp Ziouani is the base of the UN Disengagement Observation Force in the Golan Heights.

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