RBAF commander visits Bruneian peacekeepers

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THE Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) commander is on an official visit to Lebanon where soldiers from the sultanate are serving in a United Nations peacekeeping mission.

Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Paduka Mohd Tawih Abdullah yesterday met with the RBAF’s contingent of peacekeepers embedded in Malaysian Battalion (MALBATT) 850-3 under the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

The purpose of the five-day visit from June 6-10 is to give moral support to the peacekeepers and enhance cooperation between Brunei and Malaysia, according to the Ministry of Defence (MinDef).

During the visit, Pehin Major General Dato Mohd Tawih enquired about the welfare of the RBAF soldiers on the peacekeeping mission and is observing the operations under UNIFIL’s mandate in southern Lebanon.

The current RBAF contingent serving in UNIFIL comprises two officers and 27 other ranks. They were deployed in September 2015 and are expected to return to Brunei this September.

Besides breaking fast and performing tarawih prayers with MALBATT 850-3 at Kawkaba Mosque in Ma’rakah Camp, Pehin Major General Dato Mohd Tawih paid a courtesy call on Major General Luciano Portolano, UNIFIL head of mission and force commander.

He also donated learning aids to Bafliyah Public School.

The commander was accompanied on the visit by RBAF Joint Forces Chief of Staff Captain Yusuf Hj Masron, RBN, and Inspectorate Staff Officer Lieutenant Colonel Hj Norfahsin Hj Karim.

The Brunei Times