Indian army chief arrives on 5-day visit

Calls on Gen Aziz

Indian Army chief General MM Naravane paid a curtesy call on his Bangladesh counterpart General Aziz Ahmed at the Army Headquarters in Dhaka Cantonment on Thursday, said ISPR.

During the meeting, they discussed various issues related to the existing good relations between the armed forces of the two countries and of mutual cooperation in the future. 

The talks focused on the implementation of the Border Road Organisation, training of Army pilots, exchange of defence experts and trainers and mutual defence cooperation.

General Aziz expressed his gratitude for India's commendable cooperation in tackling the global epidemic Covid-19.

The Bangladesh Army Chief hoped that India would stand by Bangladesh in resolving the Rohingya crisis.

Before meeting his Bangladesh counterpart, General MM Naravane paid homage to the memory of the heroic martyrs of the great War of Independence of Bangladesh by laying a wreath at Shikha Anirban in Dhaka Cantonment. 

He was then given a guard of honour by a smart team of the Bangladesh Army at Senakunja. At the end of the guard of honour General MM Naravane planted trees at Senakunja.

A delegation of three members of the Indian Army led by General MM Naravane arrived in Dhaka on April 6 on a five-day state visit. During the visit, the Indian Army Chief will participate in the 'Army Chiefs’ Conclave' to be held on April 11 in Dhaka Cantonment.

Marking the birth centenary of Father of  Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the golden jubilee of independence of Bangladesh, the multinational military  exercise ' Shantir Agrosena' is being conducted under the overall management of the Bangladesh Army from April 4. 

The most significant chapter of the exercise is the Army Chiefs’ Conclave, which will be attended by the heads of the various UN peacekeeping missions and distinguished guests, including the Army Chiefs of the participating countries.

After the visit, the Indian delegation will leave Bangladesh on April 13.

The Indian Army Chief is being accompanied by his spouse Veena Naravane and a two member delegation.