14 Oct 2021, 20:28

British HC hails UK-Bangladesh defence cooperation

   DHAKA, Oct 14, 2021 (BSS) - British High Commissioner in Dhaka
Robert Chatterton Dickson today said the United Kingdom is proud of
longstanding defence cooperation between Britain and Bangladesh while
London is committed to deepening ties with Dhaka.

  He made the remark while the Frigate HMS Kent the UK's Carrier
Strike Group deployment (CSG21) was welcomed by the Bangladesh Navy at
the naval base in Chattogram today, a British High Commission press
release said here.

  "I extend my sincere gratitude to the Bangladesh Navy for welcoming
the Royal Navy today. This builds on a long history of defence
cooperation that the UK is extremely proud of; we are committed to
deepening our cooperation as a key part of the enduring relationship
between our two countries," Dickson said.

   The visit is a friendly demonstration of the UK's strong ties with
Bangladesh and the UK's commitment to maritime peace in the
Indo-Pacific region, said the British mission here.

  The visit will celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh's
independence and highlight the historic bilateral defence connections
and people-to people relationships between the UK and Bangladesh.

   Commanding Officer of HMS Kent Commander Matt Sykes said
Bangladesh's inclusion in the Carrier Strike Group deployment is very
much a demonstration of the deep and longstanding UK-Bangladesh

   This year, with the spirit of Brit Bangla Bondhon, the UK is
demonstrating the depth and significance of UK-Bangla ties through its
commitment to engage more with Bangladesh as a partner of sustainable
peace and growth.

   The high commission said the deployment of HMS Kent highlighted the
UK's commitment to defence cooperation and to an open and resilient
international order in which open societies and economies continue to
flourish and the benefits of prosperity are shared through trade and
global growth.

  During the visit, HMS Kent will engage in a series of events with
the Bangladesh Navy and the local administration in Chattogram to
maximise bilateral relations benefitting both countries' military,
trade and political alliances.

   The 133-meter-long ship, commanded by Commander MJ (Matt) Sykes RN,
is carrying 32 officers, 187 sailors and three civilians onboard, an
ISPR press release added.

   Bangladesh Navy ship BNS Abu Bakar accorded traditional welcome
when the British ship reached the country's waters.

   On completion of the visit, the ship is expected to leave
Chattogram port on October 18.

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