Minister stresses ‘interoperability’ with peacekeeping partners

The Irish Defence Minister, Paul Kehoe TD, has highlighted the Irish Armies ‘interoperability’ with other neutral UN peacekeeping partners as he welcomed home the Irish Army 28th Infantry Battalion which has just served a tour in Lebanon as part of a joint Irish/Finnish UNIFIL Battalion. The 28th Infantry is normally based at Finner Camp, Co Donegal. Minister Kehoe said:
“The Irish Government remains strongly committed to the maintenance of peace and security in Lebanon through our continued participation in UNIFIL. We entered a new phase in our participation in the UNIFIL mission when Ireland assumed the lead nation role in the joint Irish/Finnish Battalion in November 2016. Working as part of a joint contingent provides synergies and improves our level of interoperability with like-minded States.”
The Minister went on to acknowledge “that Ireland could not make such a substantial contribution to international peace support operations without the ongoing commitment of Defence Forces personnel to serve overseas in often difficult and dangerous circumstances. I commend each and every one of you on your decision to do so.”
The Minister concluded by saying “I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all of your families and friends and to thank them for their support, which enables you to serve abroad and thereby help to protect and save the lives of countless numbers of some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world.”
Full text of DOD release at this link:
http://www.defence.ie/…/R…/190654C1B0879C308025812300367E58…
Public Relations Officer Mannin Branch
Issued by: The Mannin branch of the Celtic League.
24/05/17

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