FijiFirst Leader Visits United Nations Observer Force
FijiFirst Leader and Prime Minister Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama visited Fiji’s United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Golan Heights today.
PM Bainimarama was received by the Deputy Force Commander of UNDOF Maj General Siddharth who provided a detailed briefing of the area of separation between Israel and Syria – between Sea of Galilee and Mt Sinai.
Fiji’s Troops are deployed on both the Israeli and Syrian sides in this region.
During his visit, PM took the opportunity to thank the troops for their excellent service to peacekeeping in this difficult region.
Fiji has played a critical role in preserving this mission when internal conflicts started in Syria. Relative calm has returned within the area of separation. Fiji’s troops will be consolidated on the Israeli side in the New Year and its total strength will be reduced by around 50.
Hon. Bainimarama will also be meeting his Israeli counterpart Honourable Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday 9 December 2018.
He thanked the troops for the great service they have provided in restoring calm in this volatile region and wished them well over the festive period.
The UNDOF mission hosts the largest of Fiji’s medical deployment. A team of 2 doctors and around 20 nurses provided full time care across 3 deployment sites in this region. Their services are also available to other forces from Ireland, Nepal and India.
Source: Fijian Government