The United Nations chartered a flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the flagship carrier of the country, for the first time in its history for carrying Bangladeshi peacekeepers of the global body.
The flight was used on Thursday to carry UN Peacekeepers to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic, the Bangladesh permanent mission to the UN Headquarters in New York said in a release.
The Bangladesh Biman flight carrying a contingent of 179 UN peacekeepers from Bangladesh Army and Air Force departed from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka for Bangui, the capital city of Central African Republic.
The contingent is composed of 125 members of the Armed Utility Helicopter Unit, 20 members of the Advance Party of Quick Reaction Force Company, and 34 members of Stranded Peacekeepers.
The flight is expected to land in Bangui on Friday.
This comes as a true recognition of Bangladesh’s invaluable contribution to the UN Peacekeeping Operations for more than three decades, the mission said.
Currently, there are 6543 Bangladeshi UN Peacekeepers deployed in nine several missions. Among them, 1061 peacekeepers are working in MINUSCA, which started its operation on April 10, 2014.
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