Government says it is proud with the performance of Zambian peacekeepers who have worked with the United Nations and the African Union in various missions world over.
Deputy Minister of Defence Christopher Mulenga said owing to their professionalism and good discipline, Zambian peacekeepers have been highly rated.
Mr Mulenga also commended the defence wings for working together in maintaining the peace that the country is currently enjoying without which development could be a farfetched dream.
Mr Mulenga said this in Lusaka today at the send-off parade of the first batch of troops forming part of the Zambian battalion being deployed to the Central African Republic on United Nations stabilisation mission-MINUSCA.
The Deputy Minister of Defence said it was gratifying that as a member of the international community Zambia has once again been called upon to assist towards the attainment of peace and stability in that country.
He cautioned the officers to carry out their mandate impartially and to understand and interpreter the latest development in that in their correct context.
Mr Mulenga urged the officers against getting entangled in the politics of the host country.
Meanwhile, Mr Mulenga has commended the American government through the American Embassy in Zambia in conjunction with United States Army Africa command for their invaluable support to the Zambian troops.
He said the support rendered to the troops as they were preparing for the peacekeeping task in form of training and equipping them demonstrated the importance the American government attached to international peace and security.
And Army Commander Lieutenant General Paul Mihova said he was optimistic that the troops have met the required standard needed for them to operate in the fluid mission in the Central Africa Republic.
Lt. Gen Mihova explained that during the pre-deployment training, special emphasis was placed on the concept of operations and the MINUSCA mandate.
He advised the troops to maintain the highest standard and core military values of good discipline to safeguard and enhance the good image of the country’s defence force and the country at large.