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Egypt Lets In Fijian Contingent Bound For Sinai Mission

Egypt had suspended all flights into and out of the country’s airports from March 17.
22 Mar 2020 11:20
Egypt Lets In Fijian Contingent Bound For Sinai Mission
Commander Ledua Yaco with wife Pasepa Solvalu Yaco and their children before his departure to Sinai.

Authorities in Egypt have relaxed the suspension of flights into and out of Egypt to allow a contingent from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces to enter Egypt.

These peacekeepers will serve in the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO).

RFMF Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto confirmed the contingent left Fiji on Friday on a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft. They were held back a number of times because of the airport closures throughout Egypt including Sharm El Sheikh.

Egypt had suspended all flights into and out of the country’s airports from March 17.

The flight shutdown will last through March 31 as Egypt works to control the spread of the coronavirus.

The contingent’s arrival means RFMF personnel currently serving in Sinai will return home. Only 10 will remain behind to conduct the handover and transition with the new troops.

Rear Admiral Naupoto said Fijian troops served in countries that have cases of COVID-19 including Iraq, Egypt, Syria and Israel.

“We have taken the necessary precautions. When they come back home they will go into 14 days of self-quarantine as required. After that, if there are no symptoms – they come back to work,” he said.

The Fijian contingent to Sinai, for the first time, will be led by an RFMF naval officer, Commander Ledua Yaco.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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