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Minister of State for Defence, Paul Kehoe, T.D., visiting Irish troops in Middle East

Minister of State for Defence, Mr Paul Kehoe T.D. is undertaking a visit to the Middle East from 30 September to 04 October 2015, with newly appointed Deputy Chief of Staff, Major General Kieran Brennan. The main purpose of the visit is to meet with Defence Forces personnel serving with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) at Camp Ziouani, Israel and the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO) in Jerusalem.

During the visit the Minister will also meet with the Head of Mission and Force Commander, UNDOF, Major General Thapa, and the Head of Mission and Chief of Staff UNTSO, Major General Gawn. He will also receive briefings from Irish Defence Forces personnel serving with the UNDOF and UNTSO missions.

The Minister also intends to visit Ramallah where he will meet with the Representative of Ireland in Palestine.

Speaking on his arrival Minister Kehoe said:
The Irish Defence Forces have a long and proud history of working as part of UN peacekeeping missions around the globe and nowhere has this contribution to peace been more evident than in the Middle East. Irish participation over a number of decades in this part of the world means that Irish soldiers serving here are highly respected for their professionalism and their work by both the UN and the people living here. This Government has and will continue to support our men and women serving with the UN. I look forward to meeting many of them over the next few days, with Major General Brennan, and expressing to them how proud the Taoiseach, Government and the people of Ireland are of them and the work they do.


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