New Delhi: Continuing the valuable tradition of strong bilateral and defense relations between India and Bangladesh, the Chief of the Indian Army General MM Narwane embarked on a visit to Bangladesh from 8 to 12 April 2021.
The visit of General Narwane is in the midst of the Golden Victory Festival which marks the completion of 50 years of the liberation of Bangladesh. The liberation movement of Bangladesh was made possible by the historical leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the heroes of Mukti Bahini who fought side by side with the Indian armed forces.
On 8 April 2021, the army chief will garland the Shikha Anirban to pay tribute to the martyrs of the Liberation War. This will be followed by one-on-one meetings with three service chiefs of the armed forces of Bangladesh. General Narwane will also visit the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Museum in Dhanmondi, where he will pay homage to the founder of Bangladesh.
The COAS will hold talks with the Bangladesh Foreign Minister at the Bangladesh Army Multipurpose Complex in Dhaka on April 11, 2021, where he will attend a symposium on UN peacekeeping operations and “Change Nature of Global Conflict: United Nations Peacekeepers Role “.
General MM Narwane will hold talks on 12 April 2021 with the commanders involved in UN missions in Mali, South Sudan and the Central African Republic and the Deputy Chief Operating Officer of the Royal Bhutanese Army. He will also attend the closing ceremony of Shantir Ogrosena, a compulsory multilateral exercise of the United Nations, with observers from the United States, Britain, Turkey and Saudi Arabia along with the armed forces of the United States, India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. During the hardware demonstration, prominent Bangladeshi will also see the induction of armed forces personnel.
The Army Chief will interact with members of the Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support and Training Operations (BIPSOT) during the last leg of his visit.
The visit will further deepen bilateral relations between the two armies and serve as a catalyst for closer coordination and cooperation between the two countries on hosting strategic issues.