Middle East pictures
Thank you Fiji Sun for your daily coverage highlighting the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote with his delegation while visiting our peacekeeping troops in the Golan Heights, Lebanon, Iraq and Sinai.
The daily reports are informative, encouraging and educational to Fijians. It helps us understand that be it any of our loved ones serving, they are contributing in terms of their peacekeeping duties.
They are fulfilling their duties and exercising their oath to serve. Many of our past family members have died in their line of duty. These great sacrifices should make all Fijians proud in seeing our men and women in green stand proud amongst the rest of the world in wartorn areas.
Lest we forget, these Fijians also contribute greatly to foreign currency remittances to our economy similar to those sports like our rugby players overseas and our seasonal workers picking fruits in the orchards. They are contributing in one way or another.
It is good that these pictures of our Republic of Fiji Military Forces personnel are being highlighted. It may also dispel any misconstrued or ill-conceived critics of the green uniform. Mr Konrote is no stranger to these Middle East countries. He is a veteran of peacekeeping and a very highly decorated one too. He is the former United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Commander overseeing the many thousands of the peacekeeping observers during his younger days. We pray that God will protect our fellow countrymen and women during this festive season and the New Year celebrations.
President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote with some of our Fijian women peacekeepers in Sinai.