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Bangladesh policies help improve regional security: president

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka

President Mohammad Abdul Hamid poses for a photograph with the members of National Defence Course and Armed Forces War Course at Mirpur Cantonment in Dhaka on Thursday. — Focusbangla photo President Mohammad Abdul Hamid poses for a photograph with the members of National Defence Course and Armed Forces War Course at Mirpur Cantonment in Dhaka on Thursday. — Focusbangla photo

President Abdul Hamid on Thursday said Bangladesh policies have helped improving the regional security situation to a great extent in the last five years.
‘In the last five years, this region has seen great improvement in security situation because of Bangladesh’s policies and the region is more stable now,’ he said while addressing the graduation ceremony of the National Defence Course-2013 and Armed Forces War Course-2013 conducted by the National Defence College at Mirpur Cantonment in the city.
The president said Bangladesh is located between the two largest growing economies of the world, India and China.  ‘Bangladesh’s strategic location makes us a very important actor and Bangladesh is playing a major role in promoting regional integration,’ he added.
This year, a total of 64 persons — 38 from Bangladesh and 26 from 11 countries from Asia and Africa — took part in the NDC Course, while 28 persons — 20 from Bangladesh Army, 4 each from Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Air Force, took part in the Armed Forces War Course 2013.
Terming the present world as a globalised multi-polar world, the president said continuously improving technologies are increasing connections among all the people, providing solutions and sometimes naturally creating adverse effects also.
‘We have ensured legitimate safeguards in light of national security concerns but also successfully encouraged effective use of technology,’ he said adding, ‘We have ensured that our Armed Forces will have access to latest technologies and equipment.’
The President, who is also Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, said the Armed Forces members have always worked with integrity, commitment and diligence to help the people in times of natural and other calamities and disasters as well as they have implemented strategic infrastructure projects and worked generally at very high standards at both home and abroad.
‘I hope this partnership between the people and the Armed Forces will gather strength with the passage of time. I am confident that the Armed Forces will continue to maintain its high standards in its efforts, efficiency and professionalism,’ he said.
Congratulating those who completed the courses, the president said, ‘I hope through your actions our goal of attaining global peace and security will be greatly extended.’
Noting that still there remain serious challenges in ensuring continued growth and development, president Abdul Hamid said, ‘I believe with your just completed courses you will be better prepared to tackle these challenges.’




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