20 August 2021:
Foreign Minister Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen visited Bangladesh Peacekeeping Contingents in South Sudan yesterday. He visited the Bangladesh Engineering Construction Unit and Bangladesh Marine Forces Unit deployed in UNMISS in Juba.
During his interaction with the Bangladeshi Peacekeepers, the Foreign Minister remarked that our peacekeepers have enhanced the prestige of Bangladesh internationally by dint of their dedicated and efficient services in the UN Peacekeeping Missions. He identified the participation of Bangladesh Peacekeepers as an opportunity in order to project the image of Bangladesh abroad. He mentioned the sustained role of the present Government in enhancing the participation of Bangladesh Peacekeepers in UN Missions.
“Government also sent Formed Police Unit in different UN missions who have earned a lot of reputation with their performances. Bangladesh is now the top most Troops contributing country to the UN Peacekeeping operations owing to the efficiency, acumen and professionalism of our peacekeepers,” Foreign Minister added.
Dr Momen said that the Government has facilitated the deployment of female peacekeepers in the UN Peacekeeping Operations. He suggested that in order to pay tribute to the sacrifices made by our peacekeepers, a monument may be built in the Dhaka Cantonment. The Foreign Minister stated that the Government also has made efforts at the UN for enhancing benefits of the Bangladesh Peacekeepers.
During the visit to the UNMISS, the Foreign Minister received a gun salute from a smart contingent of Bangladesh peacekeepers of UNMISS. He signed visitors’ book at the UNMISS compound. Bangladesh Contingent in UNMISS comprises a good number of female peacekeepers along with the male peacekeepers.
Later in the day, the Foreign Minister had interactions with the Acting Special Representatives of UN Secretary General of UNMISS, the Forces Commander of UNMISS, Mission Chief as well as the Deputy Forces Commander of UNMISS. During the interactions, the High Officials apprised the Foreign Minister about the activities of the UNMISS. The High Officials profusely praised the role of Bangladesh Peacekeepers in UNMISS.
Dr. Momen is visiting South Sudan with a view to meeting Bangladesh Peacekeepers deployed in different contingents in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) as well as meeting with the high political leadership of South Sudan. The delegation of Foreign Minister comprises non-resident Bangladesh Ambassador to South Sudan, officials from the Armed Forces Division and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.