B'desh may sign defence deal with Saudi Arabia Feb 14
Published : Monday, 4 February, 2019 at 11:23 AM Count : 286
Bangladesh is likely to sign a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) on defence with Saudi Arabia on February 14 to boost bilateral military cooperation, said Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed.
The Army Chief, now in Saudi Arabia, disclosed the matter after a meeting with Saudi Assistant Defene Minister Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al-Ayesh in Riyadh on Sunday.
The army chief also called on Saudi joint forces chief Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili the same day. During the meeting, they discussed matters of mutual interest.
"Under the MoU, some 1,700-1,800 members of Bangladesh Army will get involved in mine removal in Saudi Arabia that will take the bilateral military relations to a new height."
During both the meetings, the army chief proposed the Saudi authorities to involve the Corps of Engineers of Bangladesh Army in construction works along Saudi border.
A delegation of the armed Forces of Saudi Arabia will visit Bangladesh within a few days, said General Azizi Ahmed adding that this visit will strengthen the military relations between the two countries.
Mentioning Saudi military officials' training in Bangladesh Military Academy, Defence College, Defence Service Command and Staff College, he said Bangladesh military officers are also willing to receive training in Saudi Arabia.
The two countries enjoy excellent bilateral relations, he added.
Deputy chief of mission Dr Md Nazrul Islam, defence attache brigadier general Md Shah Alam Chowdhury and high officials were also present.