Focuses on readiness for chemical fires, nuclear disasters
US provided $78.45 million in FMF since 2014
The US embassy in Dhaka has affirmed that the security partnership between Bangladesh and the United States is currently “stronger than ever.”
“Security is a top US priority in the region. We work closely with the Bangladesh Army to build expertise in Chemical and Radiological response,” the embassy said.
“We look forward to continued collaboration to prepare to respond to chemical fires or nuclear disasters,” the embassy said in a statement on its official Facebook page.
The US engages Bangladesh through several bilateral and multilateral meetings, including the US-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue, the US-Bangladesh Security Dialogue, and the Asean Regional Forum.
Since 2014, the United States provided $78.45 million in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) and $14.5 million in International Military Education and Training (IMET) assistance to Bangladesh, according to the embassy.
FMF assistance includes $54.8 million in bilateral programming and $23.6 million in Bay of Bengal Initiative Regional FMF.
“US security assistance to Bangladesh has enhanced its maritime security, freedom of navigation, and humanitarian assistance/disaster response capabilities in support of the Indo-Pacific Strategy.”
Source: Dhaka Tribune.