Bainimarama was received by the Deputy Force Commander of UNDOF – Maj-General Siddharth of India, who provided a detailed briefing of the area of separation, between Israel and Syria – between the Sea of Galilee and Mt Sinai.
Fiji’s Troops are deployed on both the Israeli and Syrian sides in this region.
During his visit, the Prime Minister took the opportunity to thank the troops for their excellent service to peacekeeping, in this difficult region.
Fiji’s troops will be consolidated on the Israeli side in the New Year, and its total strength will be reduced by around 50.
The Prime Minister is accompanied by Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations – Dr Satyendra Prasad, and the Commander of the RFMF – Rear-Admiral Viliame Naupoto, Mrs Bainimarama and Personell Staff Officers – Major Isireli Tagivakatini and Captain Mafi Kolinisau.
The Prime Minister will also be meeting his Israeli counterpart – the Honourable Benjamin Netanyahu today.