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Army Chief General Naravane on five-day Bangladesh visit

Army Chief General Naravane on five-day  Bangladesh visit

New Delhi, Apr 8 (UNI) Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General MM Naravane on Thursday proceeded on a five-day visit to Bangladesh to further boost the bilateral and defence ties between between the nations.
The Army Chief will pay tributes to the martyrs of the Liberation War by laying a wreath at the Shikha Anirban which will be followed by one to one meetings with the three Service Chiefs of the Bangladesh’s Armed Forces.
He will also visit the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Museum in Dhanmondi to pay tributes to Bangladesh's founding father.
The Army Chief will interact with Bangladesh's Minister of Foreign Affairs on April 11 April at Bangladesh Army's Multipurpose Complex in Dhaka where he will attend a seminar on UN Peace Support Operations and deliver a keynote address on “Changing Nature of Global Conflicts: Role of UN Peacekeepers”.
General Naravane is also scheduled to interact 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 April 12.
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 the innovations of the Bangladeshi Armed Forces personnel during the Hardware Display.

The COAS will interact with the members of Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support and Training Operations (BIPSOT) during the last leg of his visit.
General Naravane's visit comes in the midst of Swarnim Vijay Varsh celebrations which mark 50 years of the liberation of Bangladesh, made possible by the historic leadership of the Bôngobondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and heroics of the Mukti Bahini who fought shoulder to shoulder with Indian Armed Forces.
This visit will further deepen the bilateral relationships between the two Armies and act as a catalyst for closer coordination and cooperation between the two countries on a host of strategic issues, the Indian Army said in statement to day.
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