Update November 29, 2015

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Bangladesh’s role in chemical weapons convention lauded

Sumel Sarker


Bangladesh’s role in chemical weapons convention lauded

29 November 2015, Nirapad News: Bangladesh’s role as a State Party to the Chemical Weapons Convention was highly appreciated, says a press release issued by the Embassy of Bangladesh to The Hague on Friday.

Director General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Ahmet Üzümcü stated the matter to Lt. Gen. Md. Mainul Islam, awc, psc, Principal Staff Officer, Armed Forces Division and Chairman, Bangladesh National Authority for Chemical Weapons Convention (BNACWC) during his call on at OPCW.

Lt. Gen. Md. Mainul Islam is in The Hague now to attend the 17th Annual Meeting of the National Authorities to be held at the OPCW headquarters in The Hague from November 27 to 29.

During the call on, Lt. Gen. Mainul Islam gave details on the contribution of Bangladesh to the Chemical Weapons Convention as a State Party.

He also highlighted Bangladesh’s role in creating awareness both inside Bangladesh and beyond for safety and security of all chemical weapons under a system which is safe and secure within the terms of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

While appreciating Bangladesh’s role as a very supportive and abiding State Party, OPCW DG offered assistance to Bangladesh in its capacity building in dealing with chemical weapons at the port of entry by the regulatory awareness as well as more space for chemists from Bangladesh in the OPCW.

Lt. Gen. Mainul Islam also requested Ahmet Üzümcü to consider recruiting more Bangladeshi nationals in his esteemed organization to which the DG, OPCW expressed readiness when there is any deserving candidate against any vacant post in the OPCW.

The DG, OPCW also expressed his gratitude for the invitation to visit Bangladesh and expressed his willingness to visit Bangladesh early next year.

Earlier, on November 26, Lt. Gen. Md. Mainul Islam paid a courtesy call on General Tom Middendorp, Chief of Defence of the Netherlands.

General Middendorp and Lt. Gen. Mainul Islam discussed both bilateral and international issues of mutual concern.

General Middendorp highly appreciated Bangladesh’s contributions to the Peacekeeping Operations of the United Nations.

In response, Lt. Gen. Mainul Islam offered to share Bangladesh’s insight and experience in the Peacekeeping Operations with the Netherlands and offered spaces for training for the forces from the Netherlands.

General Middendorp and Lt. Gen. Mainul Islam expressed their mutual agreement to remain engaged for furthering global peace through more collaborative efforts in the future.

Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal was present during both the meetings.

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