Bangladesh Army Chief General Aziz Ahmed has called for the deployment of more Bangladeshi peacekeepers in peacekeeping missions globally.
The army chief made the call during a meeting with UN Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Jean-Pierre Lacroix and Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support Atul Khare on Tuesday, said a release of UN Mission.
During the meetings, General Aziz Ahmed requested for appointing more Bangladeshi officers in senior positions of UN peace operations and UN Headquarters.
The Army Chief reiterated Bangladesh's steadfast commitment and continued support to the UN peace operations.
UN Under-Secretary-General Lacroix appreciated the professionalism, discipline, dedication and bravery of the Bangladeshi peacekeepers deployed in different UN peacekeeping missions.
Lacroix assured Army Chief of his support for deploying more Bangladeshi peacekeepers in future.
He thanked the government of Bangladesh for its enormous contribution to UN peace operations. Bangladesh now ranks as the top troops and police contributing country in the world.
During his meeting with Under-Secretary-General of the UN Department of Operational Support 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.
He also thanked the Government of Bangladesh for its significant role in transporting UN peacekeepers by Bangladesh Biman amid the 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, today, Bangladesh Army chief also met with Military Adviser for UN Peacekeeping Operations Lieutenant General Carlos Humberto Loitey.
The Chief of Army Staff on Tuesday also held a meeting with the Permanent Representative (PR) of Bangladesh to the United Nations Ambassador Rabab Fatima.
Ambassador Rabab Fatima briefed the Army Chief on various aspects of Bangladesh's engagements in the United Nations. General Aziz Ahmed thanked Ambassador Rabab Fatima for her leadership to promote Bangladesh at the UN, especially in peacekeeping affairs.
The Chief of Army Staff was accompanied by Major General Jubaer Salehin, Commandant, Defense Services Command and Staff College and Brigadier General Md Sadequzzaman, Defense Adviser of Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the United Nations.
General Aziz Ahmed is on an official visit to the United States since 29 January at the invitation of the United States Government. He is scheduled to return to Bangladesh on 12 February.