Bangladesh Army Chief Holds Talks on Defence Ties, Afghanistan

Chief of Bangladesh Army Gen SM Shafiuddin Ahmed on Tuesday held extensive talks with India’s top military brass on ways to further deepen defence cooperation between the two countries. Gen Ahmed held separate meetings with Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, Army Chief Gen MM Naravane, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria and Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar.

Officials said further deepening military-to-military cooperation between India and Bangladesh was the key focus of the talks. It is learnt that the latest developments in Afghanistan and their impact on regional security also figured in the talks.

“General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed, Chief of Army Staff, Bangladesh Army called on General Bipin Rawat #CDS and discussed issues of bilateral defence cooperation," the Army tweeted. The Indian Air Force said contemporary issues of mutual interest and ways to enhance avenues for bilateral defence cooperation were discussed in the meeting between Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria and Gen Ahmed.

“Great meeting with Gen Shafiuddin CoAS of Bangladesh and reinforced warm and friendly relationship and defence ties between two countries," Kumar tweeted. Before his meetings, the Bangladesh Army Chief laid a wreath at National War Memorial and paid homage to the soldiers who laid down their lives during 1971 War, the Army said.

He was also accorded a guard of honour at the South Block lawns. There has been a series of visits between India and Bangladesh in the last few months notwithstanding the coronavirus pandemic.