Sri Lankan troops serving in the United Nations mission in Lebanon have been recognized by the UN for their dedicated contribution.
The Sri Lankan contingent of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) was recently honored at a prestigious military ceremony at the UNIFIL headquarters in Naqoura, Lebanon for their exemplary dedication.
Director General of General Staff of the Sri Lanka Army Major General Sumedha Perera attended the UNIFIL Medal Parade as the Chief Guest on behalf of the Commander of the Army.
UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Luciano Portolano was the Guest of Honour at the invitation of the Sri Lankan (SRIBAT) contingent in Lebanon.
The current Sri Lankan UNIFIL contingent of 150 Army personnel is expected to return to Sri Lanka after completing their mission shortly, enabling the next Sri Lankan contingent to take over duties in Lebanon.
Following the ceremony, the Major General Sumedha Perera discussed matters of relevance to future UNIFIL deployments and other administrative matters with a group of UNIFIL Commanding Officers.
UNIFIL officers, including Brigadier General Tarundeep Kumar, Brigadier General Mohommad El Hajjar from Lebanese Armed Forces, Major General Luciano Portolano and Mr. Milan Trojanovic, Director of Mission Support, spoke high standards of Sri Lankan contingent's discipline and the excellent relationship being maintained with the local population during the formal meeting.