SAMPRITI-IX: India-Bangladesh Joint Military Exercise to be held in Meghalaya
A Joint Military Exercise between India and Bangladesh is to be held at Umroi, Meghalaya between 3rd February, 2020 and 16th February, 2020. The exercise is called “SAMPRITI”
During the joint exercise, Command Post Exercise and Field Training Exercise is to be conducted according to United Nations Charter. The troops of both the armies will also practice Counter Terrorist operation.
India-Bangladesh Defence Cooperation
In 2017, India and Bangladesh signed defence agreements in order to conduct military exercises. India since then has been assisting Bangladesh in training their officers.
In October 2019, the countries signed MoU on coastal surveillance system. The MoU also included a Standard Operating Procedure for operating the ports of Chattogram and Mongola. Apart from this, it allowed India to use 1.82 cusec of water from Feni river of Bangladesh.
The first ever India-Bangladesh Naval exercise was conducted in Vishakhaptnam in October 2019. The Bangladesh Naval Ships also participated in CORPAT before arriving to Vizag for the joint Naval Exercise.
CORPAT is Coordinated Patrol. This will help both the countries to replenish security in the Bay of Bengal Region and also in the Indian Ocean Region.