Strategic significance of Indian Army Chief’s Bangladesh visit

KATHMANDU

The chief of army staff of India, General Manoj Pande completed his Bangladesh visit recently(from July 18 to July 20) as part of the “outstanding” bilateral defense relations between Bangladesh and India. General Manoj Pande was on his first trip abroad since taking over the post. First day of his visit, the army chief laid a wreath at Shikha Anirban to honor the valiant souls who made the ultimate sacrifices during the Liberation War of 1971. Indian Army chief General Manoj Pande received a Guard of Honour at a convention centre of Bangladesh Armed Forces here on Monday. Indian Army Chief General Manoj Pande paid a courtesy call on his Bangladesh counterpart General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed at the Army Headquarters in Dhaka on Monday. The two discussed ways to enhance and strengthen bilateral defense cooperation.

Manoj Pande met with senior members of the security establishment several times throughout the day to discuss defense-related topics. In Dhanmondi, at the Bangladesh’s Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Museum, he also paid respects. He met with Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday and focused on strengthening bilateral ties. The army chief spoke the Defense Services Command and Staff College, Mirpur, professors and students on the second day of his visit. After that, he met with staff at the Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support and Operation Training, a prestigious institution in Bangladesh