Today, Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh congratulated the Armed Forces of Bangladesh on the 50th anniversary, at the High Commission of Bangladesh. He termed the year as an extraordinary year as it marks the Golden Jubilee of the Liberation of Bangladesh, the fifty years India-Bangladesh diplomatic ties, and also the birth centenary of Banga Bandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He said, “Long live the friendship between India and Bangladesh. Joy Bangla, Jai Hind!”

Addressing the media, he paid his tribute to the valiant struggle of the Muktibahini in the Muktijuddha – War of Liberation – in 1971. He also paid tribute to the brave soldiers of the Indian Armed Forces, who stood steadfast with their Bangladeshi brothers and sisters during the epic War of Liberation of Bangladesh. “The proud and professional Bangladesh Armed Forces of today owe their foundational values to the Liberation War of 1971. It was the trials and tribulations of the Liberation War that saw the formation of Bangladesh Armed Forces,” he added.

Noting the contribution of the Armed Forces of Bangladesh to the UN Peace Keeping Forces, he cited that it was one of the highest contributors. He also lauded the cooperation between the Armed Forces of both countries. “Remarkably, all three Service Chiefs of Bangladesh have visited India this year and from India, the Chiefs of Army and Air Force visited Bangladesh this year,” he said.

“Today, we are partners in bringing progress and prosperity for our people through a robust and ever-expanding structure of bilateral cooperation. Both are facing similar challenges,” he added. Reportedly, India has extended a Line of Credit worth USD 500 million to Bangladesh for defence equipment.

The Union Defense Minister also appreciated the development of Bangladesh towards the education and health sectors. “We are happy to celebrate the day on 6th December, the date on which India recognized independent sovereign Bangladesh, as Maitree Diwas in India and Bangladesh as well as in 18 other countries around the world,” he said.

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