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US, Bangladesh look to sign ‘foundational’ defence agreements

30 October 2019

The United States and Bangladesh are looking to deepen bilateral defence and security ties through the signing of two defence agreements, Jane's understands.

The defence accords - the Acquisitions and Cross Servicing Agreement (ACSA) and the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) - will aim to simplify US-Bangladesh exchanges of logistics support, supplies, and services but could also lead to expanded opportunities for US defence equipment transfers to the South Asian nation.

A US Department of State spokesperson told Jane's , "The United States and Bangladesh are working together to expand partnerships in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, peacekeeping, defence trade, military co-operation, and counterterrorism, as well as maritime security and regional issues."

The spokesperson said that the ACSA and GSOMIA accords would reaffirm that the US and Bangladesh "have common regional and global interests and seek long-term co-operation". He added, "These types of agreements provide a foundation on which we can build up our security co-operation to advance our mutual interests in ensuring peace and prosperity for Bangladesh and the region.

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