New Delhi, Apr 8: Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane on Apr 8, proceeded on a five-day visit to Bangladesh to enhance defence cooperation and strong bilateral ties between the two nations. The Army Chief will pay tributes to the martyrs of the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971, by laying a wreath at the Shikha Anirban on his first day in Bangladesh.
General Naravane's visit is aligned with Swarnim Vijay Varsh celebrations, which mark 50 years of the liberation of Bangladesh, whereby the historic leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and heroics of the Mukti Bahini who fought shoulder to shoulder with Indian Armed Forces, played a crucial role. The Army chief's visit to Shikha Anirban will be followed by one to one meetings with the three Service Chiefs of the Bangladesh’s Armed Forces.
According to the schedule, General Naravane will also visit the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Museum in Dhanmondi, where he will pay tributes to Bangladesh's founding father. The COAS will interact with Bangladesh's Minister of Foreign Affairs on Apr 11. He will also be attending a seminar on UN Peace Support Operations and deliver a keynote address on “Changing Nature of Global Conflicts: Role of UN Peacekeepers.”
General MM Naravane will be interacting with the Force Commanders of the United Nations Missions in Mali, South Sudan and Central African Republic and the Deputy Chief Operations Officer of the Royal Bhutanese Army on Apr 12 April. He will also attend the closing ceremony of Exercise Shantir Ogrosena, a multilateral UN-mandated counterterrorism exercise comprising the Armed Forces of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka along with observers from the US, UK, Turkey and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia among others.
The Chief will also witness innovations of the Bangladeshi Armed Forces personnel during the Hardware Display. The Chief of the Army Staff will interact with the members of Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support and Training Operations (BIPSOT) during the last leg of his visit. The Army chief's visit is expected to further deepen the bilateral relationships between armies of India and Bangladesh and act as a catalyst for closer coordination and cooperation between the two countries on a host of strategic issues.