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Defence ties with India to get ‘new dimension’ — Bangladesh contingent leader after R-Day march

By The Print

The Bangladesh armed forces’ participation in the Republic Day parade will add a “new dimension” to defence ties between India and Bangladesh, said Colonel Mohammad Mohtashim Hyder Chowdhury, leader of the Bangladesh contingent.

In an interview to ThePrint, Chowdhury said, as the parade got over: “This will add a new dimension to the defence relationship between India and Bangladesh… This was our first experience. I believe a new dimension will now come in our joint military drills and exercises that we will carry out. We’ve been doing many joint exercises despite the pandemic and this will continue.”

A 122-member contingent of the Bangladesh armed forces participated in the Republic Day parade Tuesday. The march was led by Lt Col. Abu Mohammed Shahnoor Shawon and his deputies Lieutenant Farhan Ishraq and Flight Lieutenant Sibat Rahman.

The contingent comprised soldiers of the Bangladesh Army, sailors of the Bangladesh Navy and pilots of the Bangladesh Air Force.

According to Chowdhury, the parade was “new and unique” for them and was the “first exposure” for the armed forces in terms of participating in the military parade of a foreign country.

“All of us had a very positive attitude and we are all excited to be here. Obviously, all these will have positive impact for the future too for both the countries,” he said.

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