Chief of Army Staff (CAS) General Aziz Ahmed has returned home on Friday morning upon completion of his official trip to the United States.
Army chief reached Bangladesh at 10:00am on Friday, according to a press release of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Directorate.General Aziz had left country for the United States on 29 January, in response to an invitation by Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army.
During the visit, he met senior officers of the US Army and visited various military installations and training facilities. He also met different important personalities related to UN peacekeeping mission.
On 2 February, he paid a visit to the deputy assistant secretary to the Office of the Secretary of Defence for Policy South and Southeast Asia and the representative of Defense Security Cooperation.
Different issues related to bilateral cooperation between the two countries were discussed during the meeting. General Aziz laid emphasis on sending back Rashed Chowdhury, the death row convict in Bangabandhu murder case, to Bangladesh in a quick manner.
On 4 February, a guard of honour, on behalf of Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army General McConville, was presented to the Chief of Bangladesh Army. National anthems of Bangladesh and the USA were rang during presentation of the guard of honour at the Arlington National Cemetery.
Later, he paid a courtesy call on his US counterpart and discussed ways to strengthen the relations between the armies of the two countries as well as mutual cooperation.Last week, General Aziz Ahmed exchanged views with the military adviser and under-secretary-generals to the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission.
During the discussion, the UN senior officials acclaimed the professional skills of the peacekeepers from Bangladesh. A call has been made to deploy a helicopter unit of Bangladesh Army to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali and provide a 13-member military police detachment to DR Congo.
The army chief made a promise to the senior UN officials over scaling up the strong role of Bangladesh Army in preserving world peace.
The US trip of Army Chief would play an important role in increasing the number of Bangladeshi members in UN peacekeeping missions and increasing Bangladesh's delegacy at the policy-making level.