HEADLINE: First Batch of Liberian Peacekeepers Return Home After Decade of Service in Mali

Dec 14, 2023 - 07:58
Dec 14, 2023 - 07:58
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HEADLINE: First Batch of Liberian Peacekeepers Return Home After Decade of Service in Mali

Margibi County: The Liberian government has welcomed the first batch of over 67 officers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) soldiers back home. They arrived via Ethiopia Airline at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) Wednesday December 13, 2023. The troops served as peacekeepers in Mali as part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force for the past ten years, from 2013 to 2023.

In an exclusive chat with the media upon their landing, Major Zacchaeus Musgrove, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Director of Peacekeeping of the AFL, revealed that another 67 soldiers are expected to return on today Thursday, December 14, 2023. However, 15 soldiers will remain in Mali until later this year to ensure the protection of logistical operations.

Major Musgrove emphasized the valor and dedication of the returning soldiers, announcing a formal reception later this month to honor their service. The event aims to recognize the AFL's contribution to the Multi-Dimensional Mission in the Republic of Mali.

This homecoming marks the conclusion of a decade-long commitment by the Liberian Contingent in supporting peace and stability in Mali under the United Nations umbrella. The government and citizens eagerly await the opportunity to express gratitude and celebrate the bravery of these peacekeepers who exemplified Liberia's commitment to global peace.

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