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UK To Extend Deployment Of Troops To South Sudan

The UK is extending the deployment of Royal Engineers to South Sudan for an additional year, the MoD have revealed.

The UK is extending the deployment of Royal Engineers to South Sudan for an additional year, the MoD have revealed.

The deployment will now last until April 2020.

Defence Minister Lord Howe made the announcement at the 2017 United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial in Vancouver.

At the event, co-hosted by the UK and partners, Lord Howe announced that the UK is extending its deployment of some 300 British Army engineers to the UN Mission in South Sudan for an additional year.

Defence Minister, Lord Howe, said:

“We remain unwaveringly committed to international peace and security and this extension is a demonstration of that.

“It’s all part of the UK’s efforts to deliver stability worldwide, which will help tackle issues like terrorism and mass migration, keeping us safe at home as well as improving lives internationally.”

The UK is also cooperating closely with Vietnam’s first UN troop deployment, as they prepare to take over the running of a field hospital in South Sudan from the UK next year.

Lord Howe also signed a statement of intent with Bangladesh to sell two RAF C130J transport aircraft to the Bangladeshi Air Force.

The MoD have stated that the revenue will be reinvested back into UK defence.