COAS CALLS ON UNMISS DEPUTY SRSG POLITICAL AND SOUTH SUDAN ASSISTANT CHIEF OF DEFENSE FORCE

COAS CALLS ON UNMISS DEPUTY SRSG POLITICAL AND SOUTH SUDAN ASSISTANT CHIEF OF DEFENSE FORCE

The leader of the UNMISS GHANBATT 11 Medals Day Delegation, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Maj Gen Bismarck Kwasi Onwona has paid a courtesy call on the UNMISS Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General (DSRSG), Mr Guang Cong and the South Sudan Assistant Chief of Defense Force (CDF), Lt Gen Thoi Chany Reat in separate meetings in Juba on Friday 10 May 2024.

The meetings were part of the activities lined up for the Medals Day Delegation’s week-long visit to South Sudan. During the meeting with the UNMISS DSRSG, Mr Guang Cong, COAS thanked the Mission Leadership for their support to Ghanaian troops in South Sudan.

He reiterated the importance of peace in Africa, highlighting Ghana’s contributions to Peacekeeping in Africa.

He assured him of Ghana’s commitment in assisting with the peace process in South Sudan with the continual provision of troops.Mr Guang Cong expressed gratitude for the professional, dedicated service and contributions of Ghanaian troops in South Sudan.

He commended GHANBATT’s forward position at Leer for their immense role in handling armed clashes in Leer County in November 2023.

He indicated that the professionalism with which the GHANBATT personnel discharged their duties significantly helped to save the lives of civilians caught up in the clashes.

He assured COAS of the safety of the Ghanaian troops at all times.

In a separate meeting with the South Sudan Assistant CDF, Lt Gen Thoi Chany Reat, COAS indicated that the purpose of the visit was to strengthen the existing bilateral relations between Ghana and South Sudan.

He extended greetings from the Commander in Chief (C-in-C) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), HE President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo and the Military High Command to the Government and the Military High Command of South Sudan.

The Assistant CDF, Lt Gen Thoi Chany Reat also expressed delight towards the Government of Ghana’s interest in the peace process in South Sudan through the contribution of troops to support the Mission.

He expressed the need for more collaborative efforts and capacity building between the two countries adding that they were making proposals for personnel of South Sudan People’s Defense Force (SSPDF) to be trained by GAF.

 

He finally highlighted and commended GHANBATT 11’s Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) activities within Unity state especially the veterinary outreach program that has helped improved on the livelihood of the local population.

Maj Gen BK Onwona presented souvenirs to the UNMISS DSRSG, Mr Guang Cong and the South Sudan Assistant CDF, Lt Gen Thoi Chany Reat on behalf of the C-in-C of GAF, Minister of Defense and the Military High Command.

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