On the occasion of the Armed Forces Day, the Ambassador of Bangladesh Major General H.E. Ashab Uddin, ndc, psc (Retd) and the Chief of Military Inspection of Kuwait Armed Forces Major General Bader Ahmed Al Awadhi, lauded the relations between both countries' Armed Forces as historic and outstanding.
A reception was hosted on the occasion by the Defense Wing of Bangladesh Embassy in Crowne Plaza Hotel and a program organized by the Bangladesh Military Contingent (BMC) was held separately on 22 November. A large number of diplomats, defense attachés and military officers of various countries participated in the event, along with officers of BMC, other guests and members of the Bangladesh community in Kuwait.
The ambassador mentioned that Kuwait and Bangladesh are strategic partners in different fields including military. The relations and bonds between the two countries are inseparable and historically connected. The ambassador noted that Bangladesh Armed Forces had participated in Operation Desert Storm along with the Allied Forces in 1990/91. Bangladesh Army is also supporting Kuwait in different fields like mine clearance, explosive disposal, medical, maintenance and service support since 1991. The friendship is deep rooted through supreme sacrifices of 71 Bangladeshi soldiers during liberation and reconstruction phase of Kuwait.
The Ambassador expressed his gratitude to H.H. the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah, H.H. the Crown Prince, H.H. the Prime Minister, H.E. the Defense Minister and the Kuwait Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Mohammad K. Al Khadher on the occasion of Armed Forces Day.
For his part, Major General Bader praised the contribution made by Bangladeshi Armed Forces personnel in liberating Kuwait and supporting them thereafter.
Bangladesh is one of the largest contingents participating in UN Peace Keeping Operations in 15 different countries around the world. The great contributions of soldiers who sacrificed their lives for Kuwait and UN Peace Keeping Missions in the line of duty were also deeply remembered on the occasion.