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Malaysian minister: Dhaka-KL defence training deal soon

  • Published at 09:41 pm July 12th, 2018
  • Last updated at 10:23 pm July 12th, 2018
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gifts visiting Malaysian Defence Minister, Md Bin Sabu a copy of Bangabandhu's The Unfinished Memoir at her office on Thursday; July 12, 2018 PID

Malaysian Defence Minister Md Bin Sabu appreciated the economic development of Bangladesh under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina. 

Visiting Malaysian Defence Minister, Md Bin Sabu, said preparations are being made to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Bangladesh and Malaysia on defence training and technical cooperation.

"We're preparing to sign a MoU on defence training and technical cooperation," Md Bin Sabu said when he met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office on Thursday.

The prime minister's Press Secretary, Ihsanul Karim, briefed reporters after the meeting.

The Malaysian minister said bilateral relations between the two countries are in a good position.

"We will continue to promote this for the mutual benefit of the two countries," he said. 

He conveyed greetings of the Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad to Sheikh Hasina.

Sabu appreciated the economic development of Bangladesh under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina. 

"The country's 7.78% GDP growth is highly appreciable," he said.

Talking about the Rohingya crisis, Sabu said Malaysia will continue supporting Bangladesh in the repatriation of forcibly displaced Rohingyas.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said international pressure should continue on Myanmar to take their nationals back.

She said Bangladesh is now developing an island to relocate Rohingya refugees.

Describing South and Southeast Asian countries as resourceful, Sheikh Hasina stressed the need for cooperation between countries to expedite the pace of development in this region.

Focusing on the development of the agricultural sector in Bangladesh, she said Bangladesh is now a food-sufficient country. 

She said: "We have developed saline and drought-tolerant rice varieties too."

Emphasizing strengthening relations between Muslim countries, the prime minister described fratricidal conflicts among the Muslim countries as unfortunate.

Hasina congratulated Sabu for being elected Member of Parliament and his appointment as the Defence Minister of Malaysia in the new cabinet.

She recalled her visit to Malaysia in December 2014 and greeted Mahathir Mohamad.

Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, Principal Staff Officer of the Armed Forces Division, Lt Gen Md Mahfuzur Rahman, and the prime minister's Military Secretary, Maj Gen Miah Md Zainul Abedin, were present at the meeting.