By Morrison O.G. Sayon
A high ranking Bangladeshi Army officer, Lieutenant General Mohammad Mainul Islam at the head of a six-man Bangladeshi army delegation has ended a visit to Liberia with a promised to provide technical and military assistance to the Liberian army.
Lt. Gen. Islam and his delegation on Tuesday paid a courtesy call on Defense Minister, Brownie promising bilateral and technical assistance to the Army Forces of Liberia (AFL). In brief remarks, Lt. Gen. Islam promised to send a medical team to Liberia for the provision of medication to benefit the Liberian people.
Lt. Gen. Islam said Bangladesh as manufacturer of drugs the army will assist Liberia in the provision of drugs as part of its assistance to the Liberia army.Gen. Islam at the same time used the occasion to extend an opened invitation to Defense Minister, Brownie Samukai and a team of defense officials to visit Bangladesh for firsthand experience on the operation of the Bangladeshi army.
He then recounted his army’s assistance to the construction work of his country especially in the technical areas. He said the army is involved in the building of roads and bridges thus, contributing significantly to the overall development of Bangladesh.
The Bangladeshi army general assured Liberian defense authorities that his army stands ready to provide engineering training to the AFL and other technical assistance that will prepare the national army for the development of the country.
Lt. Gen. Islam then lauded the government of Liberia for the speedy development ongoing in the country and added that his visit is in solidarity with Liberia for the level of development since the end of the devastating civil unrest in the country.
In response, Defense Minister Samukaiwelcomed the offers by Gen. Islam and the Bangladeshi army and lauded the country for its peacekeeping operation in the country. Minister Samukai praised the Bangladeshi army serving in the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) for the sacrificial role being played in Liberia describing the soldiers as good, discipline and professional.
He recounted the level of assistance by the Bangladeshi army in Liberia mainly in the areas of health, military training as well as engineering. Min. Samukai said Bangladesh has the largest peacekeeping contingent serving in UN mission around the world with distinction. He said the Bangladeshi army is positively contributing to the mission in Mali and other parts of the world.
“Liberia is a developing country with many challenges facing its army, and so, we are willing to learn from your peacekeeping experience and your skills in the provision of medication and engineering. We want to maintain the level of relationship that exists between our two countries,” Samukai said. He said the AFL is interested in the engineering, manufacturing and agriculture sector promising to put together a combined team to visit Bangladesh for some technical knowledge and explore other areas for the benefit of the Liberian army.
The Bangladeshi Army officials who ended their visit to Liberia include, Lieutenant General Mohammad Mainul Islam, Col. ASM MahmoodHossain, Force Chief Engineer, Col. Md Omar Faruque, afwc, psc Col Staff, LTC. MdAsadul Islam, psc, Engineer, Ltc. MahammadKhaled Kamal, psc, GS Branch, and Major MuntasirMamun, Engineer.