Indian peacekeepers stationed at South Sudan was awarded with United Nations medal for their selfless service and sacrifice in the peacekeeping mission.
Seven Garhwal Rifles Infantry Battalion Group of the Indian Army is stationed at South Sudan.
Deputy Force Commander for United Nations Mission in South Sudan Major General Bayarsaikhan Dashdondog reviewed the parade ceremony. Col Aman Lamba led the Indian contingent.
Presenting the award, Major General Dashdondog complimented the Indian Battalion for carrying out numerous operational tasks with utmost professionalism and dedication to the UN mandate.
He further emphasised the legacy of supreme service and sacrifice by the Indian Peacekeepers under the UN flag.
“Indian Battalion has played an active and decisive role in ensuring peace and stability in Jonglei State. I congratulate each member of the contingent for being awarded with the UN peacekeeping medal for his service,” remarked Brigadier General Mohammed Al Masoom, Commander UNMISS.
Indian ambassador to South Sudan S D Moorthy vide email conveyed his deep appreciation for the Indian Battalion and remarked that despite challenging conditions, the personnel of the Indian contingent here have shown indomitable spirit, in carrying out their tasks with courage, fortitude and exemplary professionalism.
The resolute efforts put in by the contingent have been greatly appreciated by the UN hierarchy.
The programme culminated with a cultural extravaganza including a “Pipe & Jazz Band Fusion” and a cultural dance performance followed by the Military Band display with martial tunes.
The Indian Battalion had a daunting tasks of being deployed in remote sensitive areas of the Jonglei State with the major tribes in South Sudan, the Dinkas, Males and Nurse.