Saca Authorizes Sending 50 Additional Salvadorian Soldiers To Lebanon
By Dialogo January 23, 2009Salvadorian President Antonio Saca announced this Thursday that he has authorized sending 50 soldiers to Lebanon to be integrated into the UN “blue beret” peacekeeping contingent in that country. “El Salvador believes in this battle against terrorism, and I want to state that I have already authorized the Minister (of Defense, General Jorge Molina) to send 50 more Salvadorians to Lebanon as blue berets,” said Saca in a press conference in the frontier post La Hachadura, on the border with Guatemala. Currently El Salvador keeps 52 soldiers in Lebanon as part of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). El Salvador also maintains a presence in Iraq, where a contingent of 200 soldiers has just completed their reconstruction mission, the Minister of Defense said this Thursday. Salvadorian soldiers in Iraq have closed down their barracks in the Iraqi province of Al Kut and will be going to Kuwait, where they will wait for the US to provide them with air transportation to return to El Salvador. Saca met this Thursday in La Hachadura with Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom, with whom he signed an agreement to pursue the integration of trade between both countries.