India-Bangladesh joint military exercise
The small-scale exercise styled “Sampriti-II” involving 25 para-commandos from each country would develop professional expertise of both armies aiming to strengthen their relationship.
This is the first-ever joint exercise to be held in Bangladesh. Earlier, “Sampriti-I” was held at Jorhat in Assam from November 1 to 14, 2010, where 25 members of Bangladesh Army headed by a Lieutenant Colonel participated, says a press release of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) yesterday.
Indian Army members of the elite 21 Para (Special Forces) battalion headed by Major SY Mahadik arrived at Osmani International Airport yesterday morning by an Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft AN-32 from Jorhat, Assam.
They would return from Sylhet by IAF aircraft on October 23.
Diplomatic sources said the exercise constitutes an effective diplomatic tool of India towards its “immediate” and “strategic neighbourhood” and “priority nations” towards enhancing overall strategic ties and cooperation between the militaries.