November 14, 2013 – UNDOF hosted its annual Ambassadors Day for the “B Side” at Sheraton Damascus on November 13, 2013. The event saw the representation of 17 different countries with diplomatic ties with Syria. The Force Commander, LtGen I.S. Singha welcomed them and expressed his gratitude for their interest in learning more about UNDOF’s situation in Syria.
The guests were presented with a political, operational and mission support overview of UNDOF followed by an open house discussion. The level of engagement during the open house discussion reflected the level of concern that most of the countries had for the UNDOF mission.
LtGen Singha reassured those present that despite the challenges faced by the mission after the withdrawal of Austria, Japan and Croatia, the decision to stay and continue the mission was a good one. “UNDOF continues to carry out its mission mandate with confidence after being boosted by new troop contributing countries from Fiji, Nepal and Ireland,” he said.