Chief of Army Staff (CAS) General Aziz Ahmed returned home from Maldives on Monday upon completion of his official visit at the invitation of Chief of Defence Force of Maldives Major General Abdulla Shamaal.
During the visit, Chief of Army Staff met Chief of Defence Forces of Maldives, Defence Minister of Maldives, other senior officials of the Maldives National Defence Force and the Bangladesh High Commissioner to the Maldives.General Aziz Ahmed attended a formal meeting with Maldivian Defence Minister Mariya Ahmed Didi.
On behalf of the President of Maldives, the Defence Minister conveyed his greetings to the President and Prime Minister of Bangladesh. In reply, on behalf of the President and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, General Aziz Ahmed conveyed best wishes to the President of Maldives.
The meeting discussed ways to further strengthen mutual cooperation and good relations between the two countries.
Mariya Ahmed Didi gratefully remembers the contribution of Bangladeshi citizens living in the Maldives in various fields. She also discussed the possibility of how the country could benefit through an organization like the Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory (BMTF) run by the Bangladesh Army.
Also, Maldives Defence Minister sought the assistance of the Bangladesh Army in enhancing its response to various natural disasters in the Maldives and enhancing its rescue capabilities in which Bangladesh is able to make a positive contribution.
Later, General Aziz Ahmed attended a bilateral meeting with the Chief of Defence Force of Maldives Major General Abdulla Shamaal and other senior officials at the Maldives Defence Forces Headquarters.Major General Abdulla Shamaal thanked the Bangladesh Army Chief for accepting his invitation. He also thanked General Aziz Ahmed for sending a medical team of the Bangladesh Army to the Maldives with medicines and necessary equipment during the Covid-19 epidemic.
Mentionable that at present an army medical team of 18 people from the government of Bangladesh is providing corona vaccination activities in Maldives and is playing a special role in the vaccination activities of Bangladeshis in Maldives.
The meeting also discussed in detail issues related to various bilateral military interests. During the meeting, a briefing was given to General Aziz Ahmed on the organization and activities of the Maldives Defence Force.
Both the Maldivian Defence Minister and the Chief of Defence Forces expressed interest in sending troops to Bangladesh in various higher military educational institutions including Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) and Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) to train members of the Maldivian Armed Forces. They hoped that the Bangladesh Army would respond positively in this regard. This would further strengthen the military ties between the two countries.
Army Chief General Aziz Ahmed discusses conducting joint counter-terrorism exercises with the Maldives Defence Force, which Bangladesh Army has been conducting with United States, United Kingdom, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and India.
Discussions at various levels have revealed that the Maldivian government has undertaken an airstrip construction project with significant facilities on their ‘Kadhdhoo’ island and during their current visit, they have held discussions with expert engineers of the Bangladesh Army.
General Aziz Ahmed thinks that there is ample opportunity to provide necessary construction assistance through the Engineer Construction Brigade of the Bangladesh Army for the implementation of this mega project.
Bangladesh’s shipping lines are also able to provide full support in transporting construction materials from Bangladesh. However, detailed discussions and visits are needed between the two countries in this regard.
Later, General Aziz Ahmed visited the Bangladesh High Commission in Maldives and met the Bangladesh High Commissioner to the Maldives and other senior officials.
On behalf of the High Commission, Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed was given a briefing on issues of mutual interest between Maldives and Bangladesh.
Apart from the Maldivian and Bangladeshi armies, the visit is expected to further strengthen the friendly diplomatic relations between the two countries. During the visit to the Maldives, General Aziz Ahmed led a nine-member army team.