By Md. Kamruzzaman
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AA) – Some 110 members of Bangladesh Navy engaged in the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Beirut, Lebanon were recently awarded the UN Peacekeeping Medal in recognition of their work, the military said.
Rear Admiral Andreas Mugge, the maritime task force commander of United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, handed over the medals to officials and sailors of Bangladesh Navy’s warship Sangram, said a statement by Inter-Services Public Relations, the military's media wing, late Monday.
“Sangram warship has been working to halt entry of illegal arms and ammunition within the territory of Lebanon. The ship has been conducting maritime interdiction operations in the Lebanese marine zone, maintaining vigilance on suspicious ships and aircraft, conducting rescue operations in case of naval accidents as well as training members of the Lebanese Navy,” the press release said.
Commander-in-Chief of Lebanese Navy Captain Commodore Haissam Dannaoui, Bangladesh Ambassador to Lebanon Maj. Gen. Mohammad Jahangir Al Mustahidur Rahman and representative of Bangladesh Navy Headquarters Commodore Sayed Mohammad Moniruzzaman were present at the awards distribution ceremony held in Beirut on Sept. 17.
The Bangladeshi warship has been engaged with the peacekeeping mission in Lebanon since 2010.