New Delhi (NVI): Indian Army Chief Gen MM Naravane today attended the Army Chiefs’ Conclave in Dhaka on the sidelines of multinational military exercise – Shantir Ogroshena 2021 in Bangladesh.
The COAS attended the Conclave at the Army Multipurpose Complex in Dhaka. During the event, Gen Naravane delivered a keynote address on “Changing Nature of Global Conflicts: Role of UN Peacekeepers”, the Indian Army said in a series of tweets.
General MM Naravane #COAS attended the Army Chiefs’ Conclave conducted on the sidelines of multinational exercise #ShantirOgroshena2021 at the Army Multipurpose Complex #Bangladesh.(1/3)#IndiaBangladeshFriendship pic.twitter.com/Bwyxbb0Vb2
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) April 11, 2021
The Army chief also interacted with the senior officers of the participating nations and military observers from the other countries.
The four-nation military exercise started in Bangladesh on April 4 with an aim to strengthen the procedures and enhance interoperability amongst neighbourhood countries to ensure robust peace keeping operations in the region.
The exercise commenced at Bangabandhu Senanibas, Bangladesh to commemorate the birth centenary of Bangladesh’s ‘Father of the Nation’ Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and mark glorious 50 years of the country’s liberation from Pakistan.
The exercise will culminate on April 12. Indian Army contingent of 30 personnel are participating along with contingent of Royal Bhutan Army, Sri Lankan Army and Bangladesh Army, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement earlier.
Military observers from USA, UK, Turkey, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Singapore were also in attendance throughout the exercise.
The multi-nation military exercise and Gen Naravane’s visit to Bangladesh comes less than two weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the neighbouring country last month during which he attended golden jubilee celebrations of 50 years of Bangladesh’s independence and the birth centenary of ‘Bangabandhu’ Mujibur Rahman.
The year 2021 also marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between India and Bangladesh.