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Minister of Defence Tsahkna thanked servicemen returned from their mission
Minister of Defence Margus Tsahkna presented mission medals to the servicemen who had returned from the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Lebanon and the European Union training mission in Mali.Minister of Defence Tsahkna thanked the servicemen for their excellent service and emphasised the importance of servicemen serving in foreign operations to Estonian national defence.
“Servicemen participating in missions have shown that they are capable soldiers and exemplary allies. The fact that Estonian soldiers are highly valued was confirmed to me at the beginning of the year, when I visited servicemen deployed to Lebanon and representatives of our allies,” said Tsahkna. “It is you who raise the level of trust our allies have in Estonia,” said the Minister to the mission soldiers.
“The Estonian government and people are proud of your service. This pride is the knowledge that we are able to count on you when our country needs you,” said Tsahkna.
The Estonian Defence Forces participated in UNIFIL, the UN peacekeeping mission to Lebanon, with an infantry platoon and staff officers. Estonian soldiers are serving in Mali as part of the UN mission MINUSMA and the European Union training mission EUTM-Mali.
Servicemen from the United Kingdom, who are serving in Estonia within the framework of the presence of NATO, received mission medals at the ceremony held at the Ministry of Defence. Among others, a mission medal was presented to Colonel Giles Harris, Commander of the eFP Command in Estonia, who has been serving in Estonia since the arrival of the allied units in the spring of 2017.
Friday, Ministers of Defence from Estonia, Latvia and Denmark inaugurated Headquarters Multinational Division North, located at the Ādaži military camp, in Latvia. The purpose of Headquarters Multinational Division North is to enhance the defens capability of the region and connect the region’s forces with the Alliance’s highest Command Structure.