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Army chief returns after maiden visit to India

Published : 09 Sep 2021 09:34 PM

Chief of Army Staff General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed returned home on Wednesday after an official visit to India, said ISPR.

During his maiden visit to neighboring India, the army chief met Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Kumar Doval; Lt Gen Vinod G Khandare (Retd), military adviser to the Secretariat of the State Security Council in the Indian Prime Minister's Office; Defence Secretary Ajoy Kumar; Chief of Defence Staff General BipinRawat; Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army Manoj Mukund Naravane, and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria.

He also visited the 50 independent parachute brigades of the Indian Army, the Warming Development Centre, the Defence Image Processing and Analysis Centre and the National Defense College of India (NDC).

The 50th independent Parachute Brigade of the Indian army was the first to enter Dhaka through Tongi as a member of the Allied Forces during the Liberation War of 1971.

Army Chief General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed addressed a seminar on India-Bangladesh bilateral relations, foreign policy and security at the National Defense College in India for NDC course members and faculty on Monday.

In the open discussion at the end of the seminar, he answered various questions of the NDC course members.

On the last day of his visit, he paid homage to the National War Memorial where he looked at the inscribed names of those who sacrificed their lives for the Allied forces in the 1971 Liberation War and paid tribute.

He was given a guard of honour when he reached the South Block.

Later, he met Chief of Indian Army Staff Manoj Mukund Naravane and Defence Secretary Ajoy Kumar.

At the end of the meeting, he was given two separate briefings on India’s security thinking and defense equipment manufacturing.

After that the army chief called on Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria and Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat at their office. He later exchanged views with Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Kumar Doval at his office.

The visit of the Chief of Army Staff is expected to further strengthen the relationship between the armies of India and Bangladesh and the prospects for further cooperation.