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6 May, 2016 00:00 00 AM
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Bangladesh-Kuwait joint effort to fight terrorism

The defence cooperation between the two countries recorded significant strides over the past couple of decades
Bangladesh-Kuwait joint effort to fight terrorism

In the wake of increased global and cross-border terror strikes the pledge to combat terrorism between Bangladesh and Kuwait couldn’t have come any time better. The decision was spearheaded by the two leaders of their respective countries. Both leaders are reported to have expressed their “zero tolerance policy” against terrorism.   
Apart from fighting extremist elements, the two countries have also reached a consensus to further expand cooperation in the fields of economy, investment, trade, energy, manpower, military and ICT. Particularly, in the field of military co-operation our relationship with Kuwait dates back to as early as the first gulf war when Bangladesh Army had sent a 2,193-member team to monitor peace in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.  
Besides mechanised infantry battalion, Bangladesh Army’s contingent of engineers had undertaken the highly commendable task of clearing mines and bombs in Kuwait. This assistance took place under the banner "Operation Kuwait Punargathan (OKP)" or "Operation Rebuilding Kuwait (ORK)".  Bangladesh also contributed peace-keeping forces to the UN Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM).
The defence cooperation between the two countries also recorded significant strides over the past couple of decades. A sizeable number of Bangladeshi troops work at the Kuwaiti army’s several logistic and other domains. With renewed assurances in the areas of military assistance and fighting the looming threat of expanding terrorism, it is expected that both the countries would thrive with equal commitment.      
During the Kuwaiti premier’s state visit on Wednesday the two leaders also discussed the latest developments in Syria and Libya coupled with the challenges before the Muslim community posed by conflicts in various regions. However, the joint declaration to counter terrorism in respective regions will open doors for battling it more effectively and strategically by the means of tech-savvy gadgetry besides the well-trained joint anti-terror forces.  In here, Bangladesh should particularly focus on transfer of knowledge and experience in handling terror attacks and identify potential threats in its home grounds first, before aiming overseas. Over the past years small-scale targeted killings have torn the country’s secular outlook internationally so the joint efforts should also play an important role to revamp its international image.
The precondition to fight a global menace is international cooperation and in today’s world it is indispensable. Namely, in the battle to combat terrorism, joint military campaigns alone will not be sufficient and it is necessary to compliment these campaigns through obtaining and exchanging information, and acting rapidly on that information for mutual benefits.

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Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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