Thailand for greater defence, security coop with Bangladesh
11 October 2015, Nirapad News: Appreciating the strong bilateral ties between the two countries, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister of Thailand General Prawit Wongsuwan expressed readiness to further strengthen defence and security cooperation with Bangladesh.
He mentioned this during a call on him by the Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand Saida Muna Tasneem at the Thai Ministry of Defence on Saturday.
Embassy of Bangladesh in Bangkok issued a press release regarding the meeting in the afternoon (local time).
The ambassador raised a number of issue and proposals from Bangladesh side towards expanding defence cooperation between the two regional neighbours for addressing shared security challenges and aspirations.
Recalling the regular exchange of training of Bangladesh defence officers in the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy and that of Thai officers in Bangladesh Military Academy, she proposed creation of an alumni friendship forum between the two academies.
She also requested Thai side to avail seats offered to Thai defence officials every year by Bangladesh at its National Defence College and Defence Studies Staff and Command College.
Both sides also stressed the need for reviving regular exchange of visits between the defence leaderships of the two countries.
General Prawit expressed Thailand’s interest to invite the three Services Chiefs of Bangladesh at earliest mutual convenience.
It was also agreed that Thai Navy Cadet training ships would pay goodwill calls at Bangladesh ports while the two air forces would explore scope for joint exercises specially in the context of peace exercises as peacekeeping countries at the UN.
Ms Tasnim also stressed the need for establishing a bilateral security forum to address the menace of transnational crimes including human trafficking, drug smuggling and terrorism.
She also proposed cooperation between the two countries in the area of peacekeeping as well as higher learning opportunities for Bangladesh Army Corps in Thailand’s Mahidol University and in Bangkok Hospital.
General Prawit expressed his country’s strong resolve to work closely with Bangladesh specially in realising the proposals made by the Bangladesh Ambassador, and assured her that Thailand ‘is more than ready’ to cooperate with Bangladesh towards greater defence and security cooperation.
On the proposal of creating a forum to combat transnational crimes including human trafficking and terrorism, the Thai Deputy PM and Defence Minister proposed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Bangladesh at the earliest.
Thailand’s Deputy Defence Minister and senior officials of the Defence Ministry were present at the meeting.