Dhaka, May 20:- Military Attache, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Bangladesh Brigadier General Mohammed Turki M. Al-Garni handed over ‘King Abdulaziz Collar Merit of Excellent Class’ awarded by His Majesty King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Soud to Chief of Air Staff of Bangladesh Air Force Air Chief Marshal Abu Esrar, BBP, ndc, acsc at BAF Falcon Hall on Sunday (20-05-2018).
Major General Tarique Ahmed Siddique, rcds, psc (retd.), Security Adviser to the Hon’ble Prime Minister. graced the occasion as Chief Guest. He said in his brief speech that this medal awarding bears the testimony of having excellent relationship between Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia. He hoped that this ties would farther strengthen in the days to come Mentionable that, it is first ever in the history of Bangladesh Air Force , Chief of Air Staff has been adorned with this highest military award of Saudi Armed Forces.
In his speech Chief of Air Staff expressed his heartfelt gratitude to His Majesty King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Soud and General Fayiad bin Ha’med Al-Rowaily, Chief of General Staff of Royal Saudi Armed Forces for awarding him the medal. He also thanked Military Attache, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Bangladesh for handing over the medal. Air Chief also said that awarding this kind of medal from a friendly county is a matter honour and pride for Bangladesh Air Force as well as Bangladesh Armed Forces .
It is expected that, handing over this medal to Chief of Air Staff by Saudi King will play an important role for promoting cordial relationship between Bangladesh Air Force and Royal Saudi Air Force. Among others, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, PSO, AFD, senior Officers from three services were present in the ceremony.