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President of the Republic to visit the members of the Estonian Defence Forces on a mission in Lebanon


President Kersti Kaljulaid today departed for a visit to Lebanon where she will meet with the members of the Estonian Defence Forces who are serving in a UNIFIL mission there. Meetings with the President and Prime Minister of Lebanon are also scheduled for the visit.

"Members of the Estonian Defence Forces have served in missions since 1995. We ceased to be consumers of security long ago; our Defence Force members today also contribute to the creation of a safer and more secure world. This is the case in Lebanon, which is part of our largest mission," said President Kaljulaid. The Head of State will also meet with the Commander of the UNIFIL mission.

The delegation also includes the Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces, General Riho Terras, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rainer Saks, and Secretary General of the Ministry of Defence, Jonatan Vseviov. Estonia contributes to the UN peace securing mission in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with a mechanised infantry unit with a logistic element and staff officers. At the moment, Estonian mission deploys 38 members of the Defence Forces in Lebanon. The unit is responsible for observations, patrolling and manning control posts.

The task of UNIFIL is to avoid the emergence of hostile activities, support the armed forces of Lebanon in South Lebanon and co-ordinate the activities of the governments of Lebanon and Israel on related issues. UNIFIL also serves the function of ensuring the availability of humanitarian aid to the civil population and support the voluntary and safe return home of domestic refugees.

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