After the parliamentary body on the Ministry of Railways wanting foreign tour to gain experience, now the parliamentary standing committee on the Ministry of Defence wants to go abroad to see the activities of Bangladesh Armed Forces members in the United Nations peacekeeping missions.
Bangladesh Army Chief, General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed, held bilateral meetings with several senior officials of the UN Headquarters on various issues of mutual interest, including peacekeeping operations.
When one walks through the entrance to the Bangladesh Rapidly Deployable Battalion headquarters in Bunia of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the first thing that catches the eye is a huge plaque that says "Peace begins with a smile".
Bangladesh is the third largest contributor of army personnel in UN peacekeeping missions, whereas, India ranks first followed by Pakistan in Asia.
A total of 6,772 Bangladeshis have served in 58 peacekeeping missions across 40 countries since 1988.