Sri Lanka Army Commander visits Haiti, meets UN Peace keeping official in New York

Sep 17, New York: Sri Lanka’s Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya who is on a visit to Haiti to observe UN Peace Keeping operations, has met the United Nations Assistant Secretary for Department of Peacekeeping Operations, General Babacar Gaye on Friday.

Lieutenant General Jayasuriya is visiting Haiti to inspect operational duties of the Peacekeeping troops serving the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Currently, a 950-strong Sri Lankan contingent is serving in Haiti for the MINUSTAH.

As a part of his visit to Haiti, the Army Commander met with General Gaye in New York.

The Army media unit reported that the Commander during the meeting with the UN official has recalled the “healthy relations and strong bonds of goodwill, being maintained between Sri Lanka Army and UN Peacekeeping missions” since the first contingent of Sri Lankan Peacekeeping missions arrived in Haiti in 2004.

On the sidelines of the UN meeting, the visiting Commander had a brief meeting with Sri Lankas Permanent UN Representative in New York Dr Palitha Kohona on the same day. Major General Shavendra Silva, Deputy UN Representative was also associated with this meeting, the Army reported.

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