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Minister of Defence Tsahkna thanked servicemen returned from their mission

8. December 2016 - 15:21

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.

Gallery of the ceremony

 

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