Indonesia is one of the countries involved in the Maritime Task Force of the United Nations (UN) peace mission, United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). In addition, Indonesia is also one of countries that donate one warship, namely KRI Usman Harun to be placed in Port of Beirut, Lebanon. Therefore, during her visit to Lebanon on February 24th, Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs is scheduled to conduct an inspection and dialogue with 110 troops at KRI Usman Harun. It was delivered by the Director of International Security and Disarmament of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Grata Endah Werdaningtyas in her press conference at Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, Jakarta, Thursday, February 22nd.
"The minister will also make an inspection to check the completeness of our ship. As a note, there are 15 countries joined in the Maritime Task Force, but only five countries including Indonesia donated the ship. The other four countries are Bangladesh, Brazil, Germany and Turkey. The Minister will also hold a dialogue with our personnel on board and will have lunch on the ship," Director of International Security and Disarmament of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Grata Endah Werdaningtyas said in her press conference at Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, Jakarta, Thursday, February 22nd.
Grata added that the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs during her visit to Lebanon will also visit Garuda Satgas Indobatt XXIII-L Task Force located at UNP 7-1 Adshits Alqusayr Battalion Headquarters in South Lebanon. In addition Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs will also hold a bilateral meeting with Foreign Minister of Lebanon.
The main contingent of the Indonesian troops in Indobatt is the 850 personnel and 330 troop Mechanic Battalion, spread in the head quarter under the commander of United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). In addition to the Mechanic Battalion, there is also the Medical Battalion, the Civil Military Cooperation Battalion (CIMIC). CIMIC is part of the added value which has activities of conducting social approach to the people around Indobatt area such as providing health education and cultural and social exchange. (VOI/Rezha/ahm)