India, Bangladesh reaffirm to boost partnership at 5th Annual Defence Dialogue

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5th Annual Defence Dialogue

India and Bangladesh seek to boost the partnership through continued engagement based on the common understanding reached at the fifth Annual Defence Dialogue in Dhaka said Ministry of Defence.

Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane, who is on a two day visit to Bangladesh on 27-28 August 2023, co-chaired the meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart Lt Gen Waker-Uz-Zaman, Principal Staff Officer, Armed Forces Division.

“During the meeting, the ongoing defence cooperation activities between the two countries were reviewed and both sides expressed satisfaction at the increasing defence cooperation engagements. The talks covered the existing bilateral exercises and both sides agreed to increase the complexity of these exercises,” it said.

The Annual Defence Dialogue between India and Bangladesh is the highest institutionalized interactive mechanism between both the countries. In the dialogue, both the countries highlighted its significance in chartering the future course of the relations between the two Armed Forces.

“The Armed Forces of both countries continue to seek bilateral cooperation in multiple fields and the increased engagements are a positive sign for the future of the relations of both countries,” it further said.

The last India-Bangladesh Annual Defence Dialogue was held in Delhi in which it was agreed to further elevate the engagement between the two armed forces.

The relations between the nations are marked by several high level reciprocal visits comprising of leaders of their government and armed forces. Bangladesh Army Chief General S M Shafiuddin Ahmed had visited New Delhi in April this year to give boost to the relations.

India and Bangladesh share very cordial relations in various field including socio-economic, political, military, technological, and cultural which has been continuing since the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971 in which India played a pivotal role.

Bangladesh is key to India’s land links eastwards and India gives a lot of importance to having a special bonding with Bangladesh.

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