JEDDAH: Saudi King Salman has welcomed at his palace in Riyadh Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Her highness, also Bangladesh’s defense minister, shook hands with Saudi royals, top officials and military leaders during the reception ceremony.
The king hosted a luncheon in honor of the Bangladesh PM and her delegation. Later in the day, Hasina also met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, deputy prime minister and minister of defense in Riyadh.
During the meeting they discussed bilateral ties between both countries and chances of development, in addition to dicussing issues of mutual interest. Bangladesh was set to sign a deal to enhance military cooperation with Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister A. H. Mahmood Ali has said.
Security analysts in Dhaka expressed their high expectations and welcomed any military cooperation with the Kingdom.
Maj. Gen. (retired) Abdur Rashid, a renowned Bangladesh security analyst, told Arab News that any deal with Saudi Arabia will bring Bangladesh closer to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) nations and during any emergency it will enable the country to seek military assistance from friendly countries, including Saudi Arabia.
“On the Rohingya issue, Bangladesh is receiving direct support from the OIC countries on different regional and international platforms. So this kind of military agreement with Riyadh will definitely help Bangladesh to gain more support from the Saudi-bloc countries in the Middle East to resolve the crisis,” Rashid added.