New Delhi: Over the past two weeks, with effect from 3 February to 16 February, the Armies of India and Bangladesh participated in joint military Exercise Sampriti IX at Umroi, Meghalaya. As the 9th edition of the joint Exercise reached its culmination on 16 February, the Heads of Observer Delegations from both sides conveyed their appreciation of both participating contingents for successfully achieving the objectives of the Exercise, stated the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in a Press communication.
The exercise was aimed at strengthening the military relations between the two countries, which allowed the two armies to understand each other’s tactical drills and operating techniques. The exercise provided a platform for the personnel of the two countries to share their experiences on counter insurgency, counter terrorism operations, and on providing aid to civil authorities for disaster management, especially in jungle and semi-urban terrains.
The MoD statement said the Sampriti series of joint exercises is a very important military & diplomatic initiative between both nations and the edifice of the trust and friendship between India & Bangladesh which has been nurtured with the sweat and toil of Officers and soldiers of contingents participating in each edition.
Besides training, both contingents also participated in a number of activities including friendly volleyball and basketball matches. A magnificent parade and the customary exchange of mementos marked the successful completion of the Indo-Bangladeshi joint exercise. Besides promoting understanding and interoperability between the two armies, Exercise Sampriti further helped in strengthening ties between India and Bangladesh, the MoD said.
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