The Multinational Peace Support Operations Exercise codenamed ‘Shanti Doot- 4’ (Ambassador of Peace in Bangla) has been officially opened in Bangladesh, Gazipur, on 26 February 2018. Approximately 780 Officers and men from 24 different countries are participating in the Exercise. Rwanda is the only African country represented with a contingent of 39 Personnel from Rwanda Defence Force led by Lt Col Theodore Gakuba. Other countries represented are mostly from the Asia Continent, UK and USA.
The Security Advisor to Bangladesh Prime Minister, Maj Gen (Rtd) Torique Ahmed Siqqique officially opened the three-weeks Exercise in a ceremony that took place at the Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operations at Rajendrapur, about 30 km from Dhaka, Capital City of Bangladesh.
While addressing participants, Maj Gen (Rtd) Torique Ahmed expressed that the exercise will enhance the capacity of participating Armed Forces during their United Nations Peace Operations. “I hope that participants will share experience and best practices and learn better for the cause of peace”. Peacekeepers face various challenges while implementing UN mandates and this kind of training was timely to enlighten participants in dealing with contemporary peace operations challenges” he said.
He also expressed deep appreciation to participating countries for developing strong partnership in insuring peace around the world and reassured all of the Bangladeshi full commitment to work with other countries in the promotion of peace as per UN Charter.
The opening ceremony was attended by different dignitaries that included the Bangladesh Army Chief, Gen Abu Belal Mohammed Shafint Haq and the United States Pacific Command Deputy Chief, Maj Gen James O Eifert.
The Multinational Peacekeeping Exercise ‘Shanti Doot 4’ is jointly organized by the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) supported by Global Peace Support Initiatives (GPOI) and Bangladesh as host nation.
Bangladesh is the third largest troop contributing country in UN peacekeeping operations with 6,772 soldiers. Rwanda ranks fifth with about 6,200 troops.