Dhaka : India and Bangladesh, on Wednesday, discussed military and security cooperation as Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar held talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s security adviser to strengthen bilateral strategic ties.
Parrikar, the first Indian defence minister to visit Bangladesh in the last 45 years, held a meeting with Hasina’s security adviser Major General (Retd) Tariq Ahmed. No official statement was issued after the meeting but officials familiar with the talks said they discussed security cooperation between the two countries.
Parrikar, who arrived in Dhaka on Wednesday, on a two-day visit leading an 11-member high-powered delegation, will meet the top civil and military leadership to strengthen defence ties between the two countries. Parrikar, who is accompanied by the Vice Chiefs of the Army and Air Force, Deputy Chief of Navy, besides Coast Guard chief, will meet President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who holds the defence portfolio in the cabinet.
The vice chiefs of India’s army, navy and air force, held talks with Bangladesh’s three services’ chiefs at their office in Dhaka cantonment, a defence ministry official said. “During the meetings, they discussed issues related to the existing good relations and cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries,” an official statement said.
Top Defence Ministry officials in New Delhi had said the focus of Parrikar’s trip was to deepen security ties and firm up a defence cooperation agreement that is likely to be signed when Hasina visits India next month.
Parrikar is scheduled to visit Bangladesh Military Academy (BMA) near the south-eastern port city of Chittagong today. –PTI