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Parrikar meets Hasina, first Indian defence minister to visit Bang in 45 years

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar met Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday and discussed measures to strengthen military and security ties between the two countries.

india Updated: Dec 01, 2016 18:19 IST
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Parrikar, the first Indian defence minister to visit Bangladesh in 45 years, is in the country on a two-day visit leading a 11-member delegation.
Parrikar, the first Indian defence minister to visit Bangladesh in 45 years, is in the country on a two-day visit leading a 11-member delegation. (PTI)

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar met Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday and discussed measures to strengthen military and security ties between the two countries.

Hasina also holds the defence portfolio in the cabinet.

Parrikar, the first Indian defence minister to visit Bangladesh in 45 years, is in the country on a two-day visit leading a 11-member delegation.

On Wednesday, he met President Abdul Hamid who assured India that it has “zero tolerance” policy against terrorism and sought expanded military ties.

The President urged the Indian minister to send more military officials to Bangladesh for training to boost ties between the armed forces of the two countries.

The Defence Minister on Wednesday also met Hasina’s security adviser Major General (Retd) Tariq Ahmed and discussed bilateral military and security cooperation.

Top Defence Ministry officials in New Delhi had said the focus of Parrikar’s trip was to deepen security ties and firm up a defence cooperation agreement that is likely to be signed when Hasina visits India next month.