Wednesday, 9 September 2015

The United States and Malaysia Partner to Promote Peacekeeping at Multinational Exercise Keris Aman

"Malaysia’s own dedication to peacekeeping is truly exceptional. In 1960, only three years after gaining its own independence, Malaysia sent its first group of military personnel to support the UN mission in the Republic of Congo. Since then, Malaysia has deployed tens of thousands of its troops to serve as peacekeepers in some of the most challenging war zones on earth -– from Sudan, to Lebanon, to Bosnia, to Timor-Leste. The bravery of Malaysia’s soldiers cannot be overstated. In 1993, two helicopters carrying American forces were shot down over Mogadishu -- Somalia’s capital city -- leaving U.S. soldiers trapped in hostile territory. As Americans bravely held their ground, Malaysian and Pakistani peacekeepers launched a mission to rescue the trapped soldiers. One Malaysian soldier and one Pakistani solider paid the ultimate price," Assistant Secretary for State for Political-Military Affairs Puneet Talwar

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