5:16 pm - Wednesday May 24, 8000

US envoy lauds Bangladesh’s role in peacekeeping

US ambassador to Dhaka, W Dan Mozena lauded Bangladesh for its ‘great contributions’ to global peacekeeping saying the world is safer, more secure and more stable today.

“I’m pleased that America’s partnership with Bangladesh in supporting global peacekeeping continues. I believe that the world today is safer, more secure, more stable thanks to Bangladesh and its great contributions to global peacekeeping,” he told a function in Gazipur on Thursday.

mozenaThe US diplomat made the remark while inaugurating the construction of the multipurpose training hall of the Bangladesh Institute of Peace support Operation Training (BIPSOT) and the extension of BIPSOT academic building at the BIPSOT, Rajendrapur Cantonment, Gazipur, reports UNB.

Mozena said the new facilities will expand BIPSOT’s capacity to train peacekeepers. “Today, we launch construction of a new multipurpose training facility, which will accommodate 750 students, and we launch construction of a much-needed fourth floor to the AcademicBuilding.”

He said these two projects represent a further $5 million investment by America in Bangladesh’s leadership role in keeping global peace. “I’m working hard to get an additional $2 million to upgrade classroom equipment and provide more sophisticated field training aids.”

Mozena mentioned that more than 7,000 Bangladeshi soldiers, policemen and policewomen are on duty in eight different missions around the world, endeavoring to keep the peace.

“America and, indeed, the world thank Bangladesh for filling this critical role in making the world a safer place, a more secure place.”

Chief of General Staff (CGS), Bangladesh Army, Lieutenant General M Mainul Islam, GOC, Army Training and Doctrine Command (ARTDOC) Major General Abul Kalam M Humayun Kabir, Commandant BIPSOT Major General Mohammad Maksudur Rahman, the Commander of US Corps of Engineers Brigadier General Richard L. Stevens and other officers from Bangladesh Army were also present during the ground breaking ceremony.