‘Turkey aims to enhance military cooperation with Bangladesh’

When it comes to military cooperation, “Turkey always offers joint ventures or technology transfer and it is equally applicable for Bangladesh,” [Turkish Foreign Minister] Mustafa Osman Turan said at a question and answer session with Bangladesh-based diplomatic reporters at the Turkish Embassy in the capital Dhaka.

Turan [said] Ankara wants to be a “solution partner” to Bangladesh in military cooperation.

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Using the Turkish drones that gained fame after their use in Libya, Syria and Nagorno-Karabakh as an example, he said the country is very flexible when it comes to military cooperation with other countries.

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“Currently there are several conversations taking place between Turkish companies and Bangladeshi counterparts,” he said, adding that Turkey had already delivered multi-launcher rockets to Bangladesh and that Ankara is also open to joint ventures in shipbuilding for military and non-military purposes.

He said the Turkish chief of Naval Forces Command will visit Bangladesh at the end of the month and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was likely to visit at a convenient time.

Calling Bangladesh a reliable Muslim ally….

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In response to a question about Turkish opposition to the execution of leaders of Bangladesh’s main Islamic political party, Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, he said that Turkey is against capital punishment as a state policy. [Though “neutralizing” almost 20,000 Kurds in the past six years and murdering people with Bayraktar combat drones in Syria, Libya, Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia and the Donbass is approved policy.]

From the Three Brothers – 2021 exercise in September. “Azerbaijan, Turkey and Pakistan have entered the history of humanity as close friends and brothers. At the heart of these relations are the close ties between our peoples. Evidence of this can be seen in the solidarity and support of Turkey and Pakistan to Azerbaijan from the first day of the 44-day counteroffensive operations launched by Azerbaijan against the Armenian armed forces on September 27, 2020.” – Azeri Defence Minister Hikmat Mirzayev