Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia boost military relationship

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Troops parade on Sunday at the close of the “Gulf Shield-1”joint military exercise involving 22 nations in Jubail, in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province. (SPA)
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Troops parade on Sunday at the close of the “Gulf Shield-1”joint military exercise involving 22 nations in Jubail, in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province. (SPA)
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Participants in the joint military exercise named “Gulf Shield-1” perform a sea-air-land assault at a beach in the Kingdom's Eastern Province. (SPA)
Updated 16 April 2018
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Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia boost military relationship

  • Bangladesh was among 20 countries participating in the joint military exercise
  • Bangladesh's military participated in the first Gulf War
DHAKA: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited Saudia Arabia on Sunday to attend the concluding ceremony of a joint military exercise named “Gulf Shield -1” hosted by the Kingdom.
An 18-member Bangladesh Armed Forces delegation has taken part in the month-long joint exercise.
It is for the first time that Bangladesh armed forces are taking part in a joint military exercise in Saudi Arabia.
Apart from Bangladesh and the host Saudi Arabia, 19 other countries have participated in the exercise with a view to increase more military coordination.
The Bangladesh premier was invited by King Salman to witness the concluding ceremony.
“The prime minister will attend the concluding ceremony of the joint military exercise,” said acting Foreign Secretary Khorshed Alam.
Bangladesh enjoys a diversified historic relationship with Saudi Arabia.
“During this visit so far, there is no schedule of any bilateral talks and after the concluding ceremony, the prime minister will fly to the UK to attend the Commonwealth Head of Government Summit,” according to Alam speaking to Arab News.
Earlier in 1990, the Bangladesh military participated in the first Gulf War. “The joining of the Bangladesh military in this joint exercise has a huge significance,” said a renowned security analyst, Maj. Gen. (retired) Abdur Radhid.
“This joint military exercise may initiate a new era of military relationship between Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia and definitely it’s a very bold decision from Bangladesh side,” said Rashid.
Bangladesh's military has a huge prospect to work with Saudi Arabia in different capacity. “Our military can help the Saudi Arabia in maintaining security of VP (Vulnerable Points) and KPI (Key Point Installations) areas as we have earned a very high estimation in global area through the UN Peace Keeping Forces,” commented another security analyst, Major General (ret.) Helal Morshed Khan.
In the Middle Eastern countries, Bangladesh has a great interest in terms of labor market, oil purchase and religious fellow feelings. ” Bangladesh is ready to take the new opportunities this time by nurturing a close relationship with Saudi Arabia,” said Professor Dr. Delwar Hossain, a Middle East expert.


Japanese squadron commander gets warm welcome in Jeddah

Prince Mishaal bin Majed receives Rear Admiral Hiroyuki Izumi and accompanied delegation. (SPA)
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Japanese squadron commander gets warm welcome in Jeddah

  • Izumi said the Gulf region is important to Japan and it is the third time the squadron has visited Jeddah
  • The sea lanes between the Middle East and Japan were vital to the Japanese economy

JEDDAH: Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed on Monday received the commander of Japanese squadron, Rear Admiral Hiroyuki Izumi, and his accompanying delegation.
During the meeting, they reviewed issues of mutual interest.
Two Japanese naval ships, including the destroyer Makinami, have docked at the Red Sea port of Jeddah on a training mission to strengthen relations with Saudi Arabia.
The commander of the Japanese squadron, Rear Admiral Hiroyuki Izumi, said the visit would provide training for crew members and help strengthen relations with the Kingdom.
Izumi said the Gulf region is important to Japan and it is the third time the squadron has visited Jeddah. The last visit was six years ago.
“We would like to share with the Saudi Arabian navy the idea of free and open seas, and contribute together to stabilization of maritime borders,” he said.
The commander said that the sea lanes between the Middle East and Japan were vital to the Japanese economy, with 90 percent of oil bound for Japan passing through the area.