UN Mission in Ivory Coast
Gen Hafiz made force commander
Maj Gen Abdul Hafiz of Bangladesh Army has been appointed Force Commander of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in war-ravaged West African country of Ivory Coast.
He will take over his new charge in Abidjan, the capital of Ivory Coast, on March 24, said an ISPR release.
Presently, Bangladesh is the highest troops contributing country to the UN Peacekeeping Mission.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina highlighted the role and contribution of Bangladeshi peacekeepers in global peace efforts while addressing the 64th session of UN General Assembly on September 26 last year and urged the UN to ensure participation of Bangladesh representatives in policy making of peacekeeping operation based on ratio.
Appointment of General Hafiz as force commander is the outcome of that request, the release said.
General Hafiz, fluent in French language, has already performed duties as chief military liaison officer and deputy force commander in UN Mission in Ivory Coast.
A total of 7,202 peacekeepers from 42 countries have been engaged in Ivory Coast. Of them, 2,086 are from Bangladesh.