Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bangladesh Army Chief Reveals Discussions with Burmese Counterparts

By Maung Aye

Dhaka: Bangladesh Chief of Army Staff General M Abdul Mubeen revealed his discussions with his Burmese counterparts on his recent visit to Burma on 23 to 27 May, according to reports in Bangladesh.


Bangladesh president and Army chief M Abdul Mubeen

He revealed the topics of their discussions during a Tuesday meeting with Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman.

He informed the Bangladesh president that the Burmese government is particularly keep to take immediate steps to establish air connectivity with Bangladesh, construct connecting roads jointly, lease land to Bangladesh for agriculture, and take joint efforts to curb terrorism.

However, there were no reports on whether the army chief appraised the discussion of military ties between the two neighbor countries.

General Abdul Mubeen met with Lieutenant General Soe Win, the commander-in-chief of Burma's army, in Naypyidaw on 23 May, 2011, during a weeklong visit to Burma.

It was the second high-level meeting between top military officials of the two countries in two months. The first high-level meeting was initiated in April by Burma's Lt. General Myat Hein's visit to Bangladesh.

During the Burma air chief's six-day visit to Bangladesh, the two countries discussed not only military issues, but also other issues like road links and shipping links.

The Bangladesh president expressed his satisfaction over the outcome of the army chief's Burma visit, and said Bangladesh's bilateral relations with neighboring countries, especially Burma, need to be further strengthened.

Bangladesh authorities typically disclose that Burma has agreed to cooperate with Bangladesh in sectors such as road and shipping lines, in order to boost trade between the two countries, but the reality is they have been unable to implement any of the agreed upon projects in the last decade, say analysts.

Source: Narinjara

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