Gen Aziz calls for deployment of more Bangladeshi peacekeepers  

Staff Correspondent | Published: 21:18, Feb 10,2021 | Updated: 21:20, Feb 10,2021


Bangladesh Army chief General Aziz Ahmed

Bangladesh Army chief General Aziz Ahmed held meetings with UN undersecretary general for peace operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix and undersecretary general for operational support Atul Khare in New York on Tuesday.

During the meetings, General Aziz Ahmed reiterated Bangladesh’s steadfast commitment and continued support to the UN peace operations, said a press release issued by the Bangladesh permanent mission to the United Nations in New York.

He called for deployment of more Bangladeshi peacekeepers in UN peacekeeping missions globally.

The army chief also requested for appointing more Bangladeshi officers in senior positions of the peace operations and UN headquarters.

At the meeting, UN undersecretary general Lacroix appreciated the professionalism, discipline, dedication and bravery of the Bangladeshi peacekeepers deployed in different UN peacekeeping missions, according to the release.

He thanked the government of Bangladesh for its enormous contribution to the peace operations.

Bangladesh now ranks as the top troops and police contributing country in the world.

General Aziz Ahmed is on an official visit to the United States since January 29 at the invitation of the United States government.

Lacroix assured Aziz of his support for deploying more Bangladeshi peacekeepers in future, said the release.

In his meeting with Atul Khare, the army chief thanked him for enlisting Bangladesh Biman as a carrier of UN peacekeepers.

USG Atul Khare thanked prime minister Sheikh Hasina for her invaluable contribution to peacekeeping, climate change, women empowerment and humanitarian issues, said the release.

He also thanked the Government of Bangladesh for its significant role in transporting UN peacekeepers by Bangladesh Biman in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic.

They also talked on the issues of Bangladesh Navy, Bangladesh Air force and Bangladesh Police in UN Peace operations.

Apart from the above meetings, General Aziz on Tuesday also met Lieutenant General Carlos Humberto Loitey, military adviser for UN peacekeeping operations.

On the same day, the chief of army staff held a meeting with ambassador Rabab Fatima, the permanent representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations.

General Aziz was accompanied by Major General Jubaer Salehin, the commandant of Defence Services Command and Staff College and Brigadier General Md Sadequzzaman, the defence adviser of Bangladesh permanent mission to the United Nations.

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