Army Chief Gen Pande leaves for Bangladesh on a 3-day visit

NEW DELHI: Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Pandey on Sunday left for Bangladesh on a three-day visit to further enhance bilateral defence and security cooperation, his first overseas visit after assuming the reins of the 1.2 million force.

Gen Pande’s travel to the neighbouring country comes less than a month after Bangladesh Foreign Minister A K Abdul Momen visited India, during which both sides appreciated the “trust and mutual respect” in the fast-expanding ties.

The Chief of Army Staff is scheduled to hold one-on-one meetings with the three service chiefs of Bangladesh besides meeting senior leaders of the country, officials said.

Gen Pande
will also pay tributes to the fallen heroes of the Bangladesh Liberation War at a memorial.

He is also scheduled to interact with members of the Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support and Training Operations (BIPSOT), the officials said.

In March last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had travelled to Bangladesh to attend events organized to mark the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and 50 years of the War of Liberation of that country.

In reflection of close ties, India also hosted several events to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1971 war that led to the liberation of Bangladesh.

About 93,000 Pakistani soldiers surrendered to the combined forces of the Indian Army and the “Mukti Bahini” on December 16, 1971, paving the way for the birth of Bangladesh.

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