SAMPRITI 2019: India-Bangladesh Joint Military Exercise

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India and its neighbour Bangladesh took part in the eighth edition of its joint military exercise Sampriti-2019 on counter-insurgency and counter terrorism from March 2 to 14 as part of the ongoing defence cooperation between the two countries. The drill was conducted at Tangail in Bangladesh. Sampriti 2019 is the fourth Indo-Bangladesh exercise at Tangail, Bangladesh.

Sampriti 2019 Key Highlights

  • Sampriti 2019 witnessed participation of a company group of 9th Battalion the Rajputana Rifles from the Indian Army and the Company of 36 East Bengal Battalion from Bangladesh Army.
  • Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das highlighted the special bonds between India & Bangladesh.
  • Contingents from both countries also participated in a number of activities such as friendly volleyball and basketball matches.
  • Sampriti Exercise finally completed with a magnificent parade and the customary exchange of mementos.
On 14 March 2019 Exercise Sampriti had its closing ceremony at Bangabandhu Cantonment at Tangail. High Commissioner Smt Riva Ganguly Das was the Chief Guest.
On 14 March 2019 Exercise Sampriti had its closing ceremony at Bangabandhu Cantonment at Tangail. High Commissioner Smt Riva Ganguly Das was the Chief Guest.

Earlier in a statement, Defence Public Relations Officer (Kohima) Colonel Chiranjeet Konwer said on Feb 27th, 2019, “Exercise Sampriti-2019 is an important bilateral defence cooperation endeavour between India and Bangladesh and this will be the eighth edition of the exercise which is hosted alternately by both countries.”

He added, “The exercise is aimed to strengthen and broaden the aspects of inter-operability and cooperation between the Indian and Bangladesh Armies. The exercise will involve tactical level operations in a counter insurgency and counter terrorism environment under the UN mandate.” 

Col Konwer elaborated, “In addition to understanding each other in tactical level operations, emphasis will also be laid for greater cultural understanding to strengthen military trust and cooperation between the two nations.”

Important Facts About Sampriti

  • The first edition of the Joint Military Exercise ‘Sampriti’ was conducted in Assam in the year 2011.
  • Since 2011, the joint military exercise is held every year alternately in India & Bangladesh.
  • Sampriti 2019 was the 8th edition in the Sampriti series, which started in 2009.

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