United States provides equipment and training to Bangladesh Armed Forces

The United States offered equipment and training to the Bangladesh Armed Forces during the 8th Security Dialogue in Washington on April 6, 2022. Photo: collected

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The United States offered equipment and training to the Bangladesh Armed Forces during the 8th Security Dialogue in Washington on April 6, 2022. Photo: collected

The United States wants to help Bangladesh in the modernization and institutional development of its armed forces by providing defense equipment and training.

The United States insisted on the signing of two defense agreements – GSOMIA and ACSA – which are fundamental agreements for defense trade and cooperation.

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“Both sides have had constructive discussions on defense agreements like GSOMIA and ACSA,” a statement from the Bangladeshi Embassy in Washington said today.

These were discussed in detail at the 8th Security Dialogue held at the State Department in Washington.

The dialogue continued for seven hours, beginning at 9:00 a.m. (Washington time) on April 6.

Foreign Minister Masud Bin Momen and US Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Ambassador Bonnie Denise Jenkins led their respective delegations.

The Bangladeshi side expressed serious concerns about the sanctions against Rab and individuals, and urged the US side to reconsider the decision.

During a detailed discussion on this, the Bangladeshi side highlighted Rab’s pivotal role in Bangladesh’s fight against terrorism, violent extremism and transnational crimes.

Both parties agreed to continue discussions on the matter.

The delegations also agreed to pursue strong cooperation in the fight against terrorism and transnational crimes.

The United States has assured its continued support in developing law enforcement and prosecution capabilities as well as in countering violent extremism.

The American delegation observed that after 50 years of independence, Bangladesh has become a responsible country and participates in the resolution of crises and global problems.

The US side hailed Bangladesh’s successes and leadership in UN peacekeeping operations.

On the Rohingya issue, the United States spoke highly of Bangladesh’s role, extended “thanks,” and pledged to continue all possible support.

Bangladesh appreciated the US recognition of the genocide against the Rohingya and urged the US side to take follow-up action.

The one-day meeting covered areas such as UN peacekeeping, Bangladesh-US security cooperation including military training cooperation, maritime security, proposed defense agreements, defense procurement and capability development, etc. Cooperation.

The two sides also discussed aviation security cooperation, with a view to a speedy resumption of the Dhaka-New York direct flight.

Bangladesh appreciated the strong support received from the United States in terms of Covid-19 vaccines.

Both sides agreed to maintain regular contact and continue discussion on various issues. The next security dialogue will be held next year in Dhaka.

Bangladesh was also represented by the Chief Staff Officer of the Armed Forces Division, Lt. Gen. Waker-Uz-Zaman, SGP, psc; Secretary of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief Md Kamrul Hasan, NDC; Secretary of Law and Justice Division, Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Md Golam Sarwar; and representatives from the Office of the Prime Minister, Public Security Division, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, Ministry of Defence, Bangladesh Police, Bangladesh Border Guard and Bangladesh Coast Guard .

The US side was represented by, among others, Undersecretary Jessica Lewis and Deputy Undersecretary Kelley Keiderling.

Foreign Secretary Masud and General Waker-Uz-Zaman also held a separate meeting with the Undersecretary.