INDIA AND BANGLADESH ANNUAL DEFENCE DIALOGUE
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- India and Bangladesh held the fifth Annual Defence Dialogue on 28 August 2023 in Dhaka.
- The Annual Defence Dialogue between India and Bangladesh is the highest institutionalized interactive mechanism between both countries.
- In the dialogue, both countries highlighted its significance in chartering the future course of the relations between the two armed Forces.
- During the meeting, the ongoing defence cooperation activities between the two countries were reviewed and both sides expressed satisfaction at the increasing defence cooperation engagements. The talks covered the existing bilateral exercises and both sides agreed to increase the complexity of these exercises
India Bangladesh Defence Relations
- India and Bangladesh have a close and friendly defence relationship that covers diverse areas of cooperation and is guided by the spirit of their shared sacrifices during the Liberation War of Bangladesh.
- Defence cooperation between India and Bangladesh has significantly progressed in the last few years. It is depicted in the exchange of visits between the two countries’ leaders and the conduct of training programmes, joint exercises, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR).
- Under ‘joint training and exercises, the defence services of both countries now participate in joint exercises, medical assistance, and training programmes. SAMPRITI, the joint military exercise operation to counter terrorism, completed its 10th edition at Jashore Military Station on June 16, 2022.
- The exercise allows the contingents from both Armies to understand each other’s tactical drills and operational techniques and share their experience in counter-insurgency/ Counter Terrorism, peacekeeping, and Disaster Relief Operations under the United Nations mandate.
- India considers Bangladesh as an eternal strategic ally. India has extended a $500 million line of credit to Bangladesh for defence imports from India and has gifted 18 new 120mm mortars to the Bangladesh Army in December 2020 under army-to-army cooperation.
Q. India considers Bangladesh as an eternal strategic ally and Defence cooperation between India and Bangladesh has significantly progressed in the last few years. Elucidate.