Army chief Gen Aziz calls on CAR President
Published: 10:34 PM, 28 June 2019 Updated: 10:36 PM, 28 June 2019
Bangladesh Army chief General Aziz Ahmed paid a courtesy call on Central African Republic (CAR) President Professor Faustin Archange Touadera on Thursday.
During the meeting, General Aziz conveyed the greetings of Bangladesh’s President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Prof Touadera.
The CAR president thanked the leadership of Bangladesh for sending peacekeepers to his country responding to the call of the UN and the international community.
He sought Bangladesh’s cooperation for the development of infrastructure, security, defence and education of his country. He also highly appreciated Bangladesh Army’s direct contribution to the development of Bangladeshi peacekeepers’ professionalism, humanitarian values and infrastructure growth.
General Aziz assured him of sending more medical and engineering units to CAR. He also promised Bangladesh government’s regular and long-term support for the people of CAR, the ISPR said in a media release.
General Aziz was given a Guard of Honor the same day when he reached the Force Headquarters of United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).
He also paid a courtesy call on Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) of MINUSCA Mankeur Ndiayec and Force Commander Lieutenant General Balla Keita.
During the meeting, both the SRSG and Lt Gen Keita highly appreciated the professionalism, sincerity and expertise of Bangladeshi soldiers deployed in CAR peace mission.
The Force Commander requested Bangladesh to provide assistance to increase capabilities of other countries engaged in the mission.
General Aziz mentioned various steps taken for increasing operational capability of Bangladesh Army in the UN Peacekeeping Mission.
He also proposed to provide necessary training assistance to peacekeepers from other countries at Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operation Training.
MINUSCA’s deployment was authorized by the UN Security Council on April 10, 2014, in the backdrop of security, humanitarian, human rights and political crisis in CAR and its regional implications. The protection of civilians was its utmost priority.
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