Keener on arms from China, Bangladesh dithers on defence pact with India

After several postponements, the prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina Wajed, has finally agreed to visit India in April but her government is reluctant to sign an agreement on defence that India is pushing for.

While New Delhi has called for a comprehensive, 25-year agreement on defence cooperation, Dhaka is thought to favour agreeing a looser, and less formal, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that would have no time frame.

India pitched the idea of greater defence cooperation with Bangladesh when its defence minister, Manohar Parikkar, visited Dhaka in December.

“India wants a long term comprehensive defence cooperation agreement. We want to take a more calibrated, phased approach. An MOU may be a good way to begin,” said a top Bangladesh diplomat who was privy to the negotiations. He said the issue surfaced during Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar’s recent visit to Dhaka in late February.

“We are for greater defence cooperation with India, the relations between our defence forces are improving and we want to tackle the threat of terrorism together, but I think it is not yet time for a long-term agreement,” the diplomat said.

The agreement India proposed would cover greater military-to-military cooperation, sale and supply of military hardware from India to Bangladesh and coordinated operations against mutually perceived threats. Read More…

Credit By :

You may also read!

Lt Swati Mahadik, Lt Nidhi Dubey, A Shining Example Of Women Power: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated the newly commissioned Lieutenants Swati Mahadik and Nidhi Dubey, wives of Late


Army Aviation Squadron Organises ‘Op Sadbhavana’ To Encourage Young Minds

As a part of 'OP Sadhbhavna' initiative, 663 Army Aviation Squadron (R&O) undertook a demonstration at Army Aviation Base


Army Busts Terrorist Hideout In Handwara

The Indian Army on Sunday busted a terrorist hideout in Jammu and Kashmir’s Handwara District and seized a large


Leave a reply:

Your email address will not be published.

Mobile Sliding Menu