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Indian Army Chief to visit Bangladesh next week

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NEW DELHI (PTI): Army Chief General Bipin Rawat will pay a two-day visit to Bangladesh beginning March 30 with an aim to strengthen defence and security cooperation between the two countries.

He will travel to Dhaka ahead of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India from April 7 to 10 during which both countries are expected to explore ways to deepen counter-terror cooperation besides other issues.

General Rawat is scheduled to pay a two-day visit to Nepal from March 28 and will travel to Bangladesh from Kathmandu on March 30, sources said.

He will hold talks with top brass of defence and security establishment of Bangladesh.

Both Bangladesh and India have been faced with terror strikes and ways to bolster cooperation between armed forces of the two countries to contain terrorism is likely to dominate the talks.

In Kathmandu, Rawat is scheduled to meet President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister Prachanda, Defence Minister Bal Krishna Khand and his Nepali counterpart General Rajendra Chhetri.

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