Kazakhstan Preparing Its Second Peacekeeping Mission to Lebanon
Kazakhstan is preparing to send its second troop of peacekeepers to Lebanon by the end of April.
Minister of Defense, Nurlan Yermekbayev said the peacekeeping mission is a matter of national importance as the country wants to fulfill its obligations to the global community.
The peacekeeping unit will be tasked to patrol several areas, organize checks at roadblocks and checkpoints and monitor the cease-fire process in accordance to the United Nations mandate.
Currently, the second batch of the troop is undergoing military training in Almaty. They are being trained by officers and sergeants who are experienced in peacekeeping missions.
The first Kazakh peacekeeping troop to Lebanon was deployed in October 2018. They were trained in joint-military exercises with the Indian Battalion of the United Nation’s Interim Force in Lebanon.
The selective criterion for a candidate to undergo the United Nations mission is very high. The candidate must have served for at least five years in the Kazakh Armed Forces and in excellent physical shape and health.
The candidate, who must be between the ages of 25 and 30, is also required to have an advanced level of English.