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US Air Force secy lauds BD peacekeeping forces

November 25, 2021 00:00:00

US Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall has praised Bangladesh Army's peacekeeping and humanitarian operations, reports UNB.

He also said the US and Bangladesh shared similar views on global norms regarding access to space, exploration, and research.

The US Air Force Secretary made the remarks at a reception hosted by the Embassy of Bangladesh in Washington DC recently celebrating the 50th Armed Forces Day.

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Shaikh Abdul Hannan, now on an official visit to the USA, was present as the chief guest.

Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA M Shahidul Islam paid deep tributes to the architect of Bangladesh, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and recalled the bravery and supreme sacrifice of the valiant freedom fighters -- both military and civilians.

He highlighted the role the Bangladesh Armed Forces has played in the government's efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ambassador Islam noted with satisfaction the multifaceted cooperation between the armed forces of Bangladesh and the United States - in terms of UN peacekeeping operations, sharing of knowledge and experiences, training, procurement and exchange of visits.

Air Chief Marshal Shaikh Abdul Hannan underscored the friendly and cooperative relationship between the US Armed Forces and Bangladesh Armed Forces that is reflected on their regular engagements in various bilateral and multilateral fora.

He expressed the hope that his visit would further strengthen the long-lasting ties between the two countries.

Defence attaches from a number of countries, diplomats, senior officials from the Pentagon, Department of State, and other US organisations, Bangladeshi diaspora and Embassy officials attended the event.

Defence Attaché Brigadier General Md Shahedul Islam welcomed the guests at the reception and thanked the USA for the support and cooperation extended that is mutually beneficial for the two countries.

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