BD now brand name in UN Peace Support Operations: Ziauddin
22 November 2015, Nirapad News: Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA Mohammad Ziauddin has said Bangladesh has become a brand name in the UN Peace Support Operations.
“Till now, 122,000 Bangladeshi troops have served in 54 missions in 25 war-ravaged countries. Of them, 119 valiant soldiers have laid down their lives for the cause of international peace and security,” he told a function in Washington DC.
Referring to the UN peacekeeping missions, the Ambassador said Bangladesh today is the number one troops contributing country to the UN peacekeeping operations with over 9,000 blue helmets in nine missions in nine countries, said a press release received here on Saturday night.
The 44th anniversary of Bangladesh Armed Forces Day was celebrated at the Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC with due solemnity, enthusiasm and high spirit of patriotism.
On November 21 in 1971, the Bangladesh Armed Forces comprising army, navy and air force came into existence and launched an all-out coordinated attack on the Pakistan Army, expediting the country’s freedom.
To mark the occasion, a reception was hosted at the Bangabandhu Auditorium of the Embassy.
Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA, Defence, Military, Naval and Air Attache’ Brigadier General Mohammad Shamsuzzaman and US General Frank J Grass, chief of National Guard Bureau spoke at the reception.
Ambassadors, senior officials of the Pentagon, State Department and other US organizations, defense attaches of more than 130 foreign missions in DC and local elite attended the reception.