Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia left Ghana on Monday, 19 November 2018 for Lebanon to witness the award of United Nations medals to Ghana’s contingent attached to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
A statement signed by Frank Agyei-Twum, Director of Communications at the office of the vice-president said this is the first time in history that the president or vice-president has visited Ghanaian troops in Lebanon, although Ghana has supported UNIFIL with troops since the inception of the mission 40 years ago.
The 850 troops, GHANBATT 85, have been with UNIFIL for 5 months and engaged in peacekeeping in Lebanon.
As part of Civil-Military Co-operation (CIMIC) activities, UNIFIL GHANBATT 85, during its tour of peacekeeping duties, is also offering assistance to civilians in the form of medical aid, educational lectures, basic skills training in first aid and donation of relief items.
While in Lebanon, Dr Bawumia will also meet with the government and leadership of Lebanon, and interact with the Ghanaian community there.
Dr Bawumia is expected to return to Accra on Friday, 23 November 2018.