(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Two Bangladesh Navy Ships, BNS Ali Haider and BNS Nirmul arrived at the Salalah port on Monday on their way to join the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
A press release stated that UNIFIL was created by the UN Security Council in March 1978 to restore peace and security and assist the Lebanese government in restoring its authority in the occupied southern part of the country. The mandate had to be adjusted twice due to the developments in 1982 and 2000.
Following the July/August 2006 crisis, the council enhanced the force and decided that in addition to the original mandate, it would also monitor the cessation of hostilities, accompany and support the Lebanese armed forces as they deploy throughout the south of Lebanon and extend its assistance to help ensure humanitarian access to civilian population and the voluntary and safe return of displaced persons.
H E Sheikh Sekander Ali, Ambassador of Bangladesh to the sultanate was quoted in the release as saying, ''The visit of two Bangladesh navy ships at Salalah port will enhance the excellent bilateral ties, especially between the navies of both countries.''
Currently, Bangladesh is the largest troop and police contributing country to the UN peacekeeping operations globally. It is participating in UNIFIL with two navy ships since 2006 along with other countries.
The ships will remain docked at Salalah port till Tuesday for refuelling and acquiring logistical provisions. The commanders of the ships will make courtesy calls to Omani officials and pay a visit to the Royal naval base. The ships will depart from Salalah on Wednesday morning. The ships sailed from Bangladesh on May 12, with stopovers at Colombo and Mumbai ports.