Vice President visits Lebanon to witness UN Medal ceremony

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia Vice President of the Republic of Ghana has left the shores of the country to Lebanon to spectate the award ceremony¬† of United Nations Medals to Ghana’s contingent connected to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFL)

This marks the first time a Ghanaian Vice President has ever payed a visit to Ghanaian troops in Lebanon, not withstanding the fact that Ghana has reinforced (UNIFL) with troops from the moment of initiation of the mission 40 years

The 850 officers and men of the current contingent, GHANBATT 85, have been established with UNIFIL for past five months now, and have therefore been working hard to promote peace and security in the problematic Middle Eastern country, mostly on its southern border with Israel.

The key tasks of the battalion for their one year of deployment are, monitoring violations of the Blue Line, conducting day and night mobile patrols, maintaining security, escorting humanitarian convoys and protection of civilians and many more.

As part of Civil Military Co-operation (CIMIC) activities, UNIFIL GHANBATT 85 throughout its tour of Peacekeeping duties is also donating assistance to civilians in the form of medical aid, educational lectures, basic skills training in first aid and donation of relief items.

Dr Bawumia will also have an encounter with the Government and other authorities  of Lebanon, and have a friendly conversation with the Ghanaian community resident there.

He will return to Ghana on Friday November 22, 2018.

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