India Invites Bangladesh Army Chief

New Delhi, Nov 23  – Chief of Army Staff General Mohammad Abdul Mubeen will review the passing out parade of India's premier National Defence Academy near Pune in the country's western state of Maharashtra on Nov 29.

The Indian Army has invited Gen Mubeen to be the reviewing officer of the passing out parade of the 121st course of the NDA at Khadakwasla near Pune.

The Bangladesh army chief will be the third foreigner to take the salute of the newly passed out cadets of the prestigious institution after late Chinese premier Chou En Lai and former chief of then Royal Nepal Army Gen P J Thapa.

Gen Mubeen will be visiting the prestigious military training institute during his six-day tour to India. He will meet the chiefs of the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force in New Delhi and will also visit Paratroopers' Training School at Agra in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. He is also likely to visit Indian Army's Eastern Command at Fort Williams in Kolkata.

His visit to India is a reciprocation of a similar tour by chief of the Indian Army Gen V K Singh last June.

"The Bangladeshi Army chief's visit is a good thing to happen to the academy," NDA commandant Lt Gen Jatinder Singh told journalists in Pune recently.

Dhaka and New Delhi have over the past few months been trying to strengthen bilateral military-to-military relation.

Bangladesh and India may hold a number of joint operations next year.

Chou En-Lai was the chief guest for the NDA's passing out parade in Dec 1956, and Gen Thapa was the chief guest in Nov 2004.
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