Mongolia sends 26 peacekeepers to South Sudan

Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-29 19:20:33|Editor: Mengjie
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ULAN BATOR, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Mongolia held a farewell ceremony here on Tuesday to see off its 26 peacekeepers to South Sudan.

The new team from Mongolia's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is the seventh batch of Mongolian peacekeepers to South Sudan.

The NEMA troops have been participating in UN peacekeeping operations since 2012, said NEMA chief Brigadier-General T. Badral said at the ceremony.

"We are pleased that over the past period more than 240 Mongolian troops have served in UN operations to ensure safety and protection of peace around the world," he said.

After his speech, Badral handed over national flag and the flag of his organization to J. Khash-Erdene, a senior lieutenant from the Special Rescue Division of NEMA, who will lead the seventh batch of Mongolian military contingent in South Sudan.

Mongolia's NEMA was created as a regulatory body for disaster coordination in Mongolia at the recommendation of the United Nations, following a disaster hitting the country in 2001.