Indian army chief to arrive in Dhaka Friday

Ahead of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s upcoming New Delhi visit, Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on a three-day visit Friday.

This visit is part of the ongoing high-level exchanges between the Armed Forces of both the countries, says a press release issued by the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.

He will lead a four-member delegation during the visit with his wife Madhulika Rawat accompanying him.

He will call on President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the senior army officials.

He is also scheduled to address the student officers at the National Defence College in Mirpur.

According to the statement, Bipin will visit Dhaka on an invitation from the Chief of Army Staff Bangladesh Army General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq.

Bangladesh Army chief Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq visited India in September 2015 and the chiefs of Air Force and Navy had also visited India in 2016.

 The Indian Air Force and Navy chiefs had also visited Bangladesh in 2016.

The Indian army chief will also be visiting Nepal as per the long standing tradition.

The Indian Army chief shares a historic association with the Bangladesh War of Liberation.

His battalion had fought with distinction in the Northern Bangladesh and participated in battles at Pirganj, Goraghat, Gobindganj Saulakandi, Mahasthan Bridge and Bogra. During this visit he will also visit some of these battle sites.

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