Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA Mohammad Ziauddin has said Bangladesh and the USA enjoy the best of relations marked by growing confidence, trust and cooperation.
He said the bilateral relations are deepening and broadening because of the two-way effort based on mutual respect and non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, reports UNB.
The Bangladesh envoy made the remarks at a reception accorded to a 23-member delegation of Bangladesh National Defence College at Bangladesh Embassy in Washington on Wednesday evening, the Embassy said on Friday.
He said the desire to expand this cooperation is reflected in Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s letter of congratulations, which was among the first to reach President Donald J Trump on his election as the 45th President of the United States.
Ziauddin praised the USA for its support to enhance Bangladesh’s Armed Forces’ professionalism now recognised as among the best in the world.
Through the annual military-to-military dialogue, he said, the USA has been providing Bangladesh hardware assistance, capacity-building, institution and leadership development and information sharing.
Commandant of the NDC Lt Gen Hasan Sarwardy led the delegation, which was on a study tour of the United States.
Foreign envoys and senior civil and military officials from the Department of State, Department of Defense and other US organisations attended the reception.
Ambassador Ziauddin mentioned the US contribution to building a multi-purpose training facility at the Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operation Training (BIPSOT) in Gazipur to increase Bangladesh’s capacity to train UN peacekeepers in a more professional manner.
He said the Bangladesh government is keen to have this collaboration continuing and flourishing further in future.
The ambassador said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina established the National Defence College in 1996 for promoting the concept of ‘security through knowledge”.
Today, he said, the NDC is a premier national institute for training and research on defence, security, strategy and development for senior leaders in military and civil services in Bangladesh.
Ziauddin said the USA has been one of Bangladesh’s major development partners and largest markets of exports as well as the largest source of investment. “Our relationship has also diversified to cooperation in health, education, global security, and particularly in countering terrorism and violent extremism,” he added.
Lt Gen Sarwardy and Brig Gen Shahinul Islam also spoke on the occasion.
Defence Attache at Bangladesh Embassy Brig Gen Mohammad Shamsuzzaman coordinated the programme.