Prime Minister Leo Varadkar (An Taoiseach) of The Republic of Ireland today visited UNIFIL headquarters in Naqoura as well as the main base of UNIFIL’s Irish Contingent in south-west Lebanon.
On 13 December, UNIFIL’s Sector West conducted an all-female foot patrol in Rmeish with the participation of a dozen peacekeepers from six countries – Ghana, Ireland, Italy, Republic of Korea, Malaysia and the Netherlands.
First Sergeant Etikasari, a UNIFIL Indonesian peacekeeper, is visiting the public school in Aytarun, a village close to the Blue Line in south Lebanon. She stands at the front of the class and begins a discussion with the ten-year olds.
In a military command post tucked in the hill of Kafr Dunin, about 670 metres from the sea level in south Lebanon, Brigadier General Ramez al-Khamis watches as dozens of his troops get ready for a drill. A military commander signals “start” and the soldiers set out for a simulated mission.
UNIFIL today welcomed a delegation of 15 Ambassadors and senior officials from European Union member states accredited to Lebanon and thanked them for their support for the work of UN Peacekeepers in helping to maintain the stability in the south of Lebanon.