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Army chief returns home after US visit

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 20 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Army chief returns home after US visit
Chief of Army Staff General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed hands over a crest to Commandant of Service Corps of Maldives National Defence Force Brigadier General Hamid Shafiq in the USA on Wednesday. —ISPR PHOTO

Chief of Army Staff General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed returned to Dhaka on Saturday upon completion of his official trip to the United States.

During his visit, General Shafiuddin attended the ‘Indo-Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference (IPACC)-2021’, jointly organised by US Indo-Pacific Command and the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.

On the first day of the three-day conference, the army chief observed the competency of the 25th Infantry Division of US Army.

Apart from joining the conference, the army chief exchanged views with UK Field Army Commander Lt General Ralph Woods and several senior military officials of different countries.

On the concluding day of the conference, General Shafiuddin held bilateral meeting with General Charles A Flynn, commanding general of United States Army Pacific.

In addition, he also exchanged views with Chief of Indonesian Army Staff General Andika Perkasa, Army Chief of Staff of South Korea General Nam Yeong-Shin, Assistant Commander-in-Chief of Royal Thai Army General Pornsak Poolsawat, Commander of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force Brigadier General Gilbert Toropo, Chief of Staff Singapore Army Brigadier-General Frederick Choo and Commandant of Service Corps of Maldives National Defence Force Brigadier General Hamid Shafiq.

The Chief of Army Staff’s visit to the United States is expected to open up new avenues of cooperation between the Indo-Pacific countries participating in the conference and the Bangladesh Army.