Military Chief Gen M M Naravane has mentioned that India was acutely aware of Bangladesh’s efforts to disclaim area to terror teams which can be finishing up subversive actions in opposition to India.
In a message performed out throughout an occasion right here on Wednesday to mark 50 years of India-Bangladesh ties, he additionally asserted that “the historic Land Boundary Settlement” (LBA) between the 2 international locations has proven how a difficulty associated to frame might be “resolved with mutual negotiations and a constructive outlook”.
This, at a time when “sure international locations” have been attempting to “alter the established order by drive, and bypassing conventional guidelines and protocols, with full disregard to territorial integrity of others,” Naravane mentioned, with out naming any nation.
The LBA epitomises the 3Ms — “mutual respect, mutual belief and mutual dedication — to a rules-based order”, the Indian Military chief mentioned, and asserted that the 2 international locations share an necessary strategic area within the Indian subcontinent with a land boundary spanning over 4,000 km.
Marking a brand new excessive in bilateral ties, India and Bangladesh in 2015 had sealed a historic deal to settle the previous land boundary dispute by way of change of territories, eradicating a serious irritant in bilateral ties.
Throughout Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden go to to Dhaka in 2015, the 2 sides had swapped paperwork concerning the LBA that paved the way in which for the operationalisation of the pact signed in 1974 by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Bangladesh’s founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to settle the border concern.
Naravane, in his recorded handle on the occasion hosted on the IIC by Delhi-based defence think-tank Centre for Land Warfare Research (CLAWS), additionally mentioned that Bangladesh’s method to counter-terrorism “resonates with India’s resolve and resilience to counter terrorism in all its types”.
“We’re acutely aware of Bangladesh’s efforts to disclaim area to terror teams which can be finishing up subversive actions in opposition to India,” the Indian Military chief mentioned.
In flip, India “continues to forestall any terror outfit” from utilizing Indian soil to undermine the pursuits of Bangladesh, he mentioned.
The occasion was attended by Bangladesh Excessive Commissioner Muhammad Imran, former Military chief of Bangladesh and 1971 warfare veteran Lt Gen (retd) Harun-ar-Rashid, a couple of 1971 India-Pakistan warfare veterans from Indian armed forces, and various senior defence officers, amongst others.
Bangladesh and India have “come a good distance within the final 5 a long time and our friendship has stood the exams of time,” Naravane mentioned.
As neighbours, India and Bangladesh proceed to develop along with shared cultures, historical past, alternatives and destinies, he mentioned.
The Indian Military chief additionally paid homage to troopers on each side of the border who’ve made supreme sacrifices, for a “brighter and safer tomorrow”.
It’s the colllective will of the folks, standing shoulder-to-shoulder poised within the battlefield that had “turned the tide in opposition to the enemy” within the 1971 warfare, resulting in delivery of a free nation of Bangladesh, he mentioned.
And, it’s the identical spirit of solidarity, camaraderie and shared future that “stays the cornerstone of our robust bilateral ties” even after 5 a long time, Naravane mentioned.
India-Bangladesh friendship is a tribute to the collective will of the Bangladesh individuals who stood for his or her proper to liberty, and an acknowledgement to the position of the Indian Military within the “epic battle” that modified the lives and destinies of tens of millions of brothers and sisters, he added.
The India Military chief later arrived on the occasion to launch a brand new guide ‘Bangladesh Liberation @ 50 Years: ‘Bijoy’ With Synergy, India-Pakistan Conflict 1971′.