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Visit of Chief of Naval Staff, Bangladesh Navy, underlines growing Defence Cooperation

Published Dec 10, 2019
Updated Feb 06, 2020

Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury, Chief of Naval Staff Bangladesh Navy is on an official visit to India from 07 – 12 Dec 19. The visit aims to consolidate bilateral relations between India and Bangladesh, as also to explore new avenues for naval cooperation. During his visit, Chief of Naval Staff, Bangladesh Navy will have bilateral discussions with Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of the Naval Staff and other senior officials of the Indian Armed Forces.

Various important maritime engagement issues related to operational interactions such as conduct of Bilateral Exercise, Port Calls by ships, Training, Hydrography cooperation, participation in various Indian Ocean Region (IOR) related events such as Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), MILAN 2020 etc would be discussed during the visit. In addition to New Delhi, Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury will visit Kochi, Vizag and Kolkata where he will have discussions with the senior naval officials and visit various naval units as well as Indian Shipyards.

Apart from the Navy Chief, he also interacted with the Army Chief. “Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury, Chief of Naval Staff, #BangladeshNavy interacted with General Bipin Rawat #COAS and discussed issues of mutual concern,” the Indian Army tweeted.

This comes even as India and Bangladesh Prime Ministers underlined the need for increasing defence and security cooperation.

Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, paid an official visit to India on 05 October 2019 while she was also the Chief Guest at the India Economic Summit organized by the World Economic Forum on 03-04 October 2019.

The tone was set with use of the by line, “India and Bangladesh – A bond transcending strategic relationship,” which framed the relationship in a higher paradigm.

Legacy of Shared Defence History, Border Security and Management

Prime Minister Narendra Modi appreciated the zero-tolerance policy of the Government of Bangladesh against terrorism and commended Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her resolute efforts to ensure peace, security and stability in the region.

Both sides emphasized simplifying people-people movement between the two countries.

Both leaders emphasized the importance of effective border management for ensuring a tranquil, stable and crime free border.