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Three more Vietnamese officers to join UN peacekeeping missions in Africa

Valerie Mai Valerie Mai


October 23, 2020 | 07:01

Viet Nam will send three more military officers to join the United Nations peacekeeping missions in the Central African Republic and South Sudan.

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Senior Lieutenant Nguyen Chi Vinh (second from right), Deputy Minister of National Defense and head of the Ministry of National Defense' Steering Committee for Viet Nam's participation in UN peacekeeping activities, hands over the decisions to the three officers, Ha Noi, October 22, 2020. (Photo: VGP)

According to VNA, the Ministry of Defence held a ceremony on October 22 to assign three officers to join the UN peacekeeping missions in South Sudan and the Central African Republic.

Senior Lieutenant Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Defence Minister and head of the ministry’s steering committee for Vietnam’s participation in UN peacekeeping activities, handed over the decisions and assigned tasks to the officers.

Accordingly, Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Ba Hung and Lieutenant Colonel Ly Thanh Tam will work as military observers in South Sudan, while Major Dao Duy Tung will undertake his duty as an information advisory officer in the Central African Republic.

Major General Hoang Kim Phung, Director of the Viet Nam Department of Peacekeeping Operations stated that the aforesaid officers are well trained to meet the professional demands of UN peacekeeping missions, VGP reported.

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Vietnam's UN peacekeeping officers in South Sudan. (Photo: Ministry of Defense)

Vinh reminded the officers to concentrate on ensuring security and safety, promoting mutual support while performing their tasks, strengthening international solidarity, and maintaining absolute safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

He noted that the pandemic is still ravaging many countries and may affect peacekeeping operations, but expressed his belief that the three officers will complete all assigned tasks.

Hung said that he and his two fellow officers are ready for their missions. He pledged to accomplish all the tasks assigned by the Defence Ministry and the UN, while ensuring safety and contributing to enhancing the image and profile of Vietnam and its military in the international arena.

Since engaging in the UN peacekeeping operations six years ago, Viet Nam has dispatched a total of 53 military officers, including four women, to the two African countries. In addition, the Southeast Asian nation sent 126 nurses and doctors, including 20 women, to field hospitals in South Sudan.

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