PM in Lebanon: Pays respects to the 36 who died at Qana

PM Voreqe Bainimarama pays tribute to Fiji's fallen soldiers in Lebanon. Picture: SUPPLIED

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday paid his respects to 36 men who passed away on Fiji’s UNIFIL mission in Lebanon.

Mr Bainimarama who was accompanied by Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr Satyendra Prasad and Commander of RFMF Commodore Viliame Naupoto at the Qana (also spelled Cana or Kana) Memorial in Lebanon said this was a high price to pay for our country.

“But Fiji will remember these brave men always,” he said

“Their sacrifice inspires our men and women in uniform today.

“Their sacrifice speaks to our rock solid commitment to UN efforts to support peace across conflict zones in the world.”

The Qana (also spelled Cana or Kana) memorial was constructed by the RFMF and stands as both a tribute and a symbol of Fiji’s long history of participation in UNIFIL.

Mr Bainimarama will leave Lebanon today after a two day visit.

Meanwhile Fiji’s troops will return from Lebanon on December 24.

 

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