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Indian army to join Bangladesh Victory Day celebrations

  • Gautam Lahiri, New Delhi
  • 25th October, 2021 07:01:02 PM
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In return gesture, Indian Armed forces contingent and band of both army and navy will participate in 'Victory Day Celebrations” in Dhaka on December 16.

Among many other issues of joint cooperation between the two defence forces, it has also been decided on Monday during talks between visiting Bangladesh Chief of Naval Staff Admiral M Shaheen Iqbal and Indian Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh in South Block, headquarter of Indian defence ministry.

During the Republic Day parade of India on Rajpath for the first time in January 26, 2021, a 122-member strong contingent of the Bangladesh armed forces participated.

The contingent comprised of the Bangladesh army, sailors of the Bangladesh navy and air warriors of the Bangladesh air force.

The majority of the soldiers in that contingent hailed from the most distinguished units of the Bangladesh army which have the distinct honour of fighting and winning the 1971 liberation war.

Admiral M Shaheen Iqbal is on an official visit to India from October 23 to 29. He has met Chief of Naval staff, in addition to the Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and other high ranking officials of India government.

During the bilateral interactions issues relating to joint cooperative efforts like coordinated patrol along international maritime boundary line, bilateral exercise BONGOSAGAR, conduct of naval training and reciprocal visits of delegations was discussed.

The second edition of Exercise BONGOSAGAR took place in northern Bay of Bengal on October 3rd 2020. The first edition took place in 2019. The aim was to promote interoperability and joint operation skills by conducting a wide range of maritime exercise and operations.

This year's edition will be of greater significance as it is the Mujib Borsho and 50th year of liberation war.

On completion of engagements in Delhi, Admiral Shaheen Iqbal will be visiting Mumbai where he will meet with Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar, Flag Officer Commanding –in Chief, Western Naval Command and visit Flagship of Western Naval Command.

On completion of Mumbai visit, the Admiral would proceed to Defence services college, Wellington to witness training activities and interact with commandant.

A statement issued from Indian defence ministry said "India and Bangladesh share bonds of history, language, culture and multitudes of other commonalities’. The excellent bilateral ties reflect an all encompassing partnership based on sovereignty, equality, trust and understanding that goes beyond strategic ties."