UN to pay Bangladesh Tk 500 cr due
Published: 08:35 PM, 10 July 2019 Updated: 06:53 PM, 31 July 2019
Bangladesh Army chief General Aziz Ahmed
The United Nations will pay the due Tk 500 crore ($60 million) to Bangladesh soon. In reply to the request of US visiting Bangladesh Army Chief General Aziz Ahmed, the United Nations assured to pay the money quickly.
During the discussion with the army chief, the UN Assistant Secretary General assured immediate payment of Tk 250 crore. And the rest of the money to be paid in a short time, she also sure.
The Inter-Services Public Relations Department (ISPR) confirmed the matter on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed who is travelling the United States, is busy in the UN headquarters. He paid a courtesy call on the top officials of the head office on 8 and 9 July. When the head of the army reached the permanent mission of the United Nations Headquarters, Masud bin Momen welcomed him.
Later, he informed the army chief about the activities of Bangladesh mission. In addition, he expressed plans to increase Bangladesh's involvement in the UN peacekeeping mission.
The information was provided by the Inter-Services Public Relations Department (ISPR) in a press release.
The visiting Bangladesh Army chief General Aziz Ahmed met with the UN Secretary General’s Chief Advisor Lieutenant General Carlos Umberto Latt. The military adviser praised the professionalism and humanitarian activities of Bangladeshi peacekeepers in different missions.
He expressed gratitude for the government's spontaneous support to protect world peace. The army chief proposed to appoint an army commander from Bangladesh. In responding to that, the military adviser promised to appoint an army commander from Bangladesh very soon.
Besides, the army chief also proposed to deploy additional engineering, medical, Special Forces and Rapidly-deployable battalion from Bangladesh.
At this time, to the Bangladesh Army Chief, the military adviser handed over an appointment letter for an official as the head of the Force Generation of Peace Mission, to a Colonel rank officer in the United Nations Headquarters. Bangladesh has been selected for the first time in this important post in its 31-year peacekeeping mission. At the same time, the military adviser praised Bangladesh government for the supporting Rohingyas.
Besides, the army chief met with Assistant Secretary-General of the Department of Operational Support, Miss Lisa M. Buttenheim. During the meeting, the army chief urged the United Nations headquarters to pay 60 million dollars (approx. 500 crore taka) to the Bangladesh government. In response to the request of Army Chief General Aziz Ahmed, the Assistant Secretary-General pledged to pay Tk250 crore immediately. And the remaining money assured in a short period of time.
Later the Chief of the Army General Aziz Ahmed met with the UN Secretary-General, Peace Operations Mr. John Pierre Lacroix. In the meeting, the army chief apprised the Bangladesh government about various attempts to achieve the necessary capability for deploying the army in French-speaking countries. The army chief informed them about the immediate preparation of Bangladesh in sending troops to any point of the world in any challenging environment.
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