Bangladesh To Deploy Troops in Saudi Arabia; Boost Mutual Defence Relations

Bangladesh will sign a defence deal with Saudi Arabia to boost military relations between the two countries, next week. Under the Bangladesh-Saudi Arabia deal, 1,800 Bangladeshi troops will be deployed in Saudi Arabia.

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Gen Aziz Ahmed, chief of Bangladesh Army, made the declaration after meeting Saudi’s chief of joint forces Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili. “Under the deal, Bangladesh will be defusing mines along the borders of war-torn Yemen”, Bangladesh’s embassay in Riyadh said.

If the deal is signed, 1,800 Bangladeshi troops will be deployed in Saudi Arabia, which is expected to take bilateral military cooperation to new heights.

During Gen Aziz’s meeting with Al-Ruwaili, the two military officials discussed bilateral issues. Also, Bangladesh considered sending military engineers to Saudi Arabia for military and civilian construction works.

General Aziz said, “Bangladesh named four military officials including a brigadier general for joining Saudi’s Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition”. “There is an excellent bilateral relationship between the two countries,” Mr Aziz concluded, hoping that the ties will be stronger in the future.

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