Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday joined the concluding ceremony of a Saudi-led joint grand military exercise named ‘Gulf Shield-1’ in the kingdom’s eastern province of Al-Jubail.
She attended the function at the invitation of Saudi king and the custodian of the two holy mosques Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud as the parades of armed forces of 24 participating countries, including Bangladesh, featured in the ceremony.
Premier’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim said that the Saudi king greeted Sheikh Hasina on arrival at the venue as he oversaw the conclusion of the military drill in the presence of a number of leaders of friendly countries which took part in the month-long exercise.
Saudi Arabia organised the drill for boosting defence cooperation and coordination with friendly countries to protect the Gulf region’s security and peace through enhanced military preparedness and to ensure global peace in general.
The participating countries were the USA, the UK, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Egypt, Jordan, Sudan, Mauritania, Malaysia, Pakistan, Chad, Djibouti, Niger, Comoros, Afghanistan, Oman, Guyana, Turkey, and Burkina Faso.
An 18-member delegation of Bangladesh Armed Forces took part in the exercise that began on March 18.
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