Fiji President Visits UN Peacekeepers In Baghdad, Iraq

Konrote praising work of soldiers in Middle East

By Nasik Swami

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Oct. 25, 2016) – President, Jioji Konrote has praised the work of Fijian peacekeepers serving with the UN in the Middle East.

Mr Konrote, who is in Baghdad, Iraq met the Fijian peacekeepers to personally tell them that they were doing well.

"I come to you with the well-wishes and the prayers of your families and that of the entire nation," Mr Konrote said.

"I am happy to meet each of you personally and know that you're doing well and serving the nation well," he told the troops.

Mr Konrote expressed his appreciation to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, staff members and management for looking out for the welfare of the Fijian peacekeepers.

He also met the special representative of the UN secretary general, Ján Kubiš and thanked him for his support towards the Fijian peacekeepers.

The event also saw the troops accord the President a 100-men guard of honour as well as a traditional ceremony of welcome.

This is Mr Konrote's first foreign engagement as President and as Commander-in-Chief of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.

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