Army chief calls on president of Turkey Defence Industries

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Dhaka, Aug 21: Chief of Army Staff of Bangladesh Army General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed on Thursday met with Turkey’s Defence Industries President Ismail Demir and Deputy Minister of National Defence Muhsin Dere.  

During the meetings in Turkey, the Army chief said that there have been long-standing strategic friendships, and cultural ties between the armies of Turkey and Bangladesh.

He also hoped that these relations would reach new heights in the future, said an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release on Friday.

Shafiuddin said that his official visit to Turkey on the occasion of the International Defence Fair 2021 would open new opportunities of cooperation between the military forces of the two countries especially the Armed Forces.

He thanked both the president of the Turkish defence industries, and the deputy minister of National Defence for inviting him.

Turkey’s Deputy Minister Muhsin Dere expressed his country’s commitment to further cooperation, and assistance to Bangladesh in the field of military equipment as well as training of military personnel and technology exchange.

Ismail Demir, president of defence industries, assured that he would look into the ongoing issues with Bangladesh on behalf of his organization, and provide necessary assistance so that future defence cooperation between the two countries would be more friendly and beneficial.

Later, the Army Chief visited various stalls of the exhibition of the International Defense Fair – 2021.

The Army chief left Dhaka for Turkey on an eight-day official visit on Wednesday. He is set to return home on August 26.