The two countries discuss greater cooperation between their armed forces to deepen bilateral relations
India and Bangladesh have agreed to increase the complexity of their existing bilateral military exercises. 

The issue was discussed at the fifth Annual Defence Dialogue in Dhaka on August 28, 2023. Indian Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane, who was on a two-day visit to Bangladesh, co-chaired the meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart, Principal Staff Officer, Armed Forces Division Lt Gen Waker-Uz-Zaman.

This dialogue is the highest institutionalized interactive mechanism between the two sides and both the countries highlighted its significance in charting the future course of the relations between their Armed Forces. 

The ongoing defence cooperation activities between the two countries were reviewed and both sides expressed satisfaction at the increasing defence cooperation engagements. "The talks covered the existing bilateral exercises and both sides agreed to increase the complexity of these exercises," India's Ministry of Defence said. 

Defence Secretary Aramane and Lt Gen Waker-Uz-Zaman acknowledged the fruitful dialogue and stressed that both countries looked forward to continued engagement based on the common understanding reached at the fifth Annual Defence Dialogue.

The armed forces of both the countries continue to seek bilateral cooperation in multiple fields and the increased engagements are a positive sign for the future of the relations of both countries.