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Bangladesh is always ready to defend its sovereignty: Prime Minister

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that Bangladesh is always ready and determined to defend the country’s sovereignty against attacks from external forces.

“The main driving force behind our foreign policy is ‘Friendship for all, malice for none.’ Our goal is to ensure economic development while maintaining good relations with all neighboring countries,” she said.

“But we always stand ready and committed to protect the country’s sovereignty against any external attack,” she continued.

The Prime Minister made these remarks after inaugurating the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Battery Complex by unveiling the inaugural plaque at the Artillery Center and School at Halishahar in Chattogram on Sunday morning, reports BSS.

She hoped that the army personnel would work with patriotism, professionalism and sincerity for the welfare of the country and its people, inspired by the spirit of the Liberation War.

“We will be able to build a happy, prosperous ‘Sonar Bangladesh’, free from hunger and prosperity, with collective efforts of all, as dreamed by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” she said.

The Prime Minister said the Awami League government has been working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal by 2030 and build a developed, prosperous and smart Bangladesh by 2041.

“Therefore, every member of the Bangladesh Army should be smart and knowledgeable about information technology,” she added.

The Prime Minister asked the army personnel to work with devotion to duty, professional efficiency and patriotism to maintain the glory of the country, with confidence and loyalty to the leadership.

She briefly described the measures her government had taken for the overall development of the military.

As part of modernization of the army, she said state-of-the-art aircraft, helicopters, UAV, fourth generation tanks, APC, missiles to destroy tanks and other weapons of war have been added to the Bangladesh Army.

Lauding the overall activities of the army for the well-being of the country, the Prime Minister said, “The Bangladesh Army is well established as the symbol of people’s trust.”

She continued that the Bangladesh Army has been highly praised at home and abroad for its efficiency and professionalism in the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions.

Modern light armored vehicles and mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles have been acquired for the military to enhance its operational capabilities and ensure their safety in the UN missions.

After the inauguration of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Battery Complex, she visited the artillery museum set up in the complex.

During the visit, she witnessed the highly realistic portrait of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman installed in the museum, the historic 3.7 inch howitzer that fired the first shot of the Mujib Battery during the Great War of Liberation in 1971 and the ammunition used. in the artillery regiment and replicas of all guns and the glorious history of the remarkable operations of the artillery forces in the war.

Upon her arrival at the venue, the Prime Minister was received by Chief of Army Staff General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed.

An audiovisual documentary on Mujib Battery was shown during the meeting.

Cabinet members, chiefs of the three services, parliamentarians, well-known personalities and senior military and civilian officials were present on the occasion.