Bangladesh’s steps help fight terrorism
5 October 2015, Nirapad News: US ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat said Bangladesh’s steps will help the nation fight many forms of transnational crimes, including terrorism.
The envoy made this assertion at the closing ceremony of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) at School of Maritime Warfare and Tactics (SMWT), Issa Khan Base of Bangladesh Navy, in Chittagong.
“We value the steps Bangladesh has taken to counter the illicit trafficking of persons and drugs, as well as Bangladesh’s other anti-piracy actions taken on the high seas. This, in turn, helps fight other forms of transnational crime, including terrorism.”
She further said that Bangladesh is looked to as a leader in providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to its neighbors and partners in times of need, and the US Navy has been supportive in this regard.
According to her, maritime security is a cornerstone of security relationship between the US and Bangladesh and it will certainly be so for many years to come.
“For nearly 70 years, the United States, along with our allies and partners, have maintained freedom of navigation and security in Asia, based on the international law that underpins the region’s remarkable economic growth and stability.”
To do this, the United States implements a “whole of government” strategy. We employ diplomacy, engage multilateral institutions, support international laws and standards, and build maritime capacity, she added.
Bernicat said, “Maritime Domain Awareness and Maritime Security are important components of our broader commitment to maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region”.
“The United States welcomes additional opportunities to collaborate with Bangladesh to deter smuggling and trafficking in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh’s EEZ, and throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific.”
“CARAT Bangladesh 2015 exemplifies our commitment to maritime capacity building. Both of our countries’ mutual interest in protecting freedom of the seas is what brings our navies together in CARAT.”
“Our navies need to respond to a wide range of challenges. Piracy and smuggling will continue to be a matter of concern. It is essential that when commercial or private ships and planes experience distress, they can rely on the Bangladesh Navy’s critical search and rescue capabilities.”
“Regional and international partners will continue to face natural disasters and require the rapid delivery of humanitarian assistance that navies like ours can provide.”
“CARAT builds our individual capabilities to conduct operations like these. It also allows for us to act jointly, better understand each other, and appreciate the enduring resolve we both bring to peace and prosperity in South Asia.”
“We should also acknowledge the upcoming arrival of the Somudra Avijan, which will set sail from California to come to her new home here in Chittagong.”
“We wish the crew of the Somudra Avijan fair seas and that the Almighty provides them safe passage back to their families.”
“I look forward to seeing the Somudra Joy and Somudra Avijan participate in future CARAT exercises, and to the enduring and growing navy-to-navy relationship between our two nations,’ the ambassador concluded.