Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag meets Bangladesh counterpart to boost military ties

New Delhi(PTI): Indian army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag held talks with his Bangladeshi counterpart to boost military cooperation, days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the country and sealed crucial deals to strengthen bilateral ties.

General Suhag, who wrapped up his two-day Bangladesh tour today, met Bangladeshi army chief General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan on Monday and “discussed matters of bilateral training of two friendly armies and professional issues,” the defence ministry here said in a statement.

The army chief on Tuesday also reviewed as Chief Guest the passing out parade at the Bangladesh Military Academy (BMA) near the southeastern port city of Chittagong. He distributed awards to the outstanding cadets of the 72 BMA Long Course and 43 BMA Special Course.

Earlier, he paid homage to the matyred Bangladesh soldiers of 1971 Liberation War offering wreaths at Shikha Anirban in Dhaka Cantonment. General Suhag was the second Indian army chief to visit Bangladesh since his predecessor General Bikram Singh’s tour in 2012.

Defence analysts said the Indian army chief’s tour would boost bilateral military ties and enhance cooperation to counter the threats posed by terrorism. India has been holding direct army-to-army staff talks with Bangladesh since 2009 to chalk out future cooperation between the two armed forces.