Bangladesh agrees to co-deploy troops with Gambia


Bangladesh on Thursday in principle agreed with a proposal of Gambi to co-deploy troops of the two countries in the UN peacekeeping mission as Gambian foreign minister Mamadou Tangara paid a courtesy call on prime minister Sheikh Hasina, reports BSS.

The prime minister consented in principle at the meeting with the Gambian foreign affairs, international cooperation, and Gambians abroad minister as he handed over a request letter regarding the proposal of the Gambian president to her.

The Gambia has proposed for co-deployment of Bangladeshi and Gambian forces in a suitable UN peacekeeping mission, PM’s Speechwriter M Nazrul Islam briefed the newsmen after the meeting held at the premier’s official Ganabhaban residence here this morning.

According to Nazrul Islam, the prime minister has asked all concerned to prepare Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to pursue the proposal of co-deployment of troops in the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission upon UN approval.

She also apprised the meeting that Bangladesh is the highest troops contributing country in the UN peacekeeping missions.

The visiting Gambian minister has highly praised Bangladesh’s contribution to maintaining world peace and Bangladesh’s massive development in the agriculture sector.

In reply, the prime minister has proposed transferring Bangladeshi manpower and technology to Gambia to jointly cultivate its vast land for mutual benefit.

She also said Bangladesh has become a food-sufficient country due to her government’s timely measures that include an arrangement for conducting research.

The prime minister said the research has helped Bangladesh become a self-reliant country in food production despite the reduction of agricultural lands.

She, as well, mentioned her government’s policy not to leave a single inch of land uncultivated, saying Bangladesh people are very responsive to it.

The prime minister thanked the Gambian government to support Bangladesh in the repatriation of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas.

She also said Bangladesh has given shelter to Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds and tried its best to give them dignified life since sending them back to their nation.

The premier said her government has been trying to repatriate the Rohingyas.

Gambian defense minister Sering Modou Njieis, Bangladesh foreign senior secretary Masud Bin Momen, principal staff officer of the Armed Forces Division Lt Gen Waker-Uz-Zaman, and Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) secretary Mohammad Salahuddin, were present.