New Delhi: Vice Admiral Muhammad Farid Habib, Chief of the Naval Staff, Bangladesh Navy is on a four day official visit to India from 02-06 November 2015 to review the existing cooperation between both navies and explore future avenues.
The Bangladesh Navy Chief was formally received by Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff and accorded a ceremonial Guard of Honour at South Block lawns earlier in the day. Both the Chiefs had discussions on various issues during the day. The BN Chief of Naval Staff is also scheduled to visit HQWNC (Mumbai) and Garden Reach Shipyard at Kolkata.
India-Bangladesh relations are based on historical legacy, culture and geography. India and Bangladesh’s geographical location presents an opportunity to develop mutual economies as well as enhance maritime security. The signing of ‘Land Boundary Agreement’ during the recent visit of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India to Bangladesh as well as acceptance of maritime boundary delimitation decision by Arbitration tribunal indicates maturity of bilateral relations between both nations.
The naval cooperation between both navies span a wide spectrum of maritime activities that includes BN’s regular participation in multilateral naval exercise MILAN conducted by Indian Navy at Port Blair, Navy to Navy Staff Talks, cooperation in training as well as port calls by ships to each other’s ports.
The visit by Vice Admiral Muhammad Farid Habib, is aimed at consolidating existing naval cooperation as well as exploring new avenues. Areas of cooperation that are proposed to be discussed during the visit of BN Chief of Naval Staff include, option of coordinated patrolling along International Maritime Boundary Line(IMBL), bilateral exercises between both navies, joint surveillance of Exclusive Economic Zone, as well as cooperation in development of Blue Economy.