Towards further bolstering existing defence relations between India and Bangladesh in the maritime domain, seventh edition of Staff Talks between Indian Navy and Bangladesh Navy were conducted from 23 to 25 March.
Bangladesh Navy delegation was led by Commander Chattogram Naval Area, Rear Admiral Mohammad Mozammel Haque. Assistant Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral J Singh led the delegation from the Indian Navy. These Staff Talks were the first bilateral dialogue conducted post relaxation of COVID 19 travel restrictions. During the Staff Talks, issues relating to joint cooperative efforts like Coordinated Patrol along International Maritime Boundary Line, bilateral exercise BONGOSAGAR, conduct of Naval Training and Hydrography were discussed. Bangladesh Navy delegation also held a fruitful interaction with Deputy Chief of Naval Staff of Indian Navy Vice Admiral MS Pawar on 24 March.
A press statement from the Indian Navy stated, “India and Bangladesh are jointly celebrating the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of victory in Bangladesh Liberation War and 1971 War this year. A host of joint activities have been conducted which include reciprocal ship visits by both Navies, participation in Republic Day Parade 2021 at New Delhi by Bangladesh Armed Forces Contingent and participation of BN delegation in Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) Working Group on Information Sharing and Interoperability at New Delhi in February 2021.”
In March 2021, two tri-service delegations from Indian Armed Forces are participating in carriage of ‘Victory Day Flame’ through the battlefields of the 1971 war and ‘Independence Day Celebrations’ in Bangladesh.